Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 1/8/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+7)
The Indiana Pacers will compete against the Charlotte Hornets at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday. Charlotte is 7-point dogs. The total is set at 239.5.
The Hornets faced off with the Bucks and went home with a win by a final score of 138-109 in their last contest. When talking about fouls, the Hornets ended up with 17 and the Bucks totaled 18 fouls. They also converted 20 of 48 attempts from 3-point range. Milwaukee ended up shooting 62.5% from the charity stripe by converting 15 of 24 attempts. Moreover, Milwaukee collected 45 rebounds (12 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Milwaukee distributed 22 assists and had 5 steals for the game. Pertaining to defense, Charlotte allowed the other team to go 44.0% from the floor on 37 out of 84 shooting. They also doled out 32 assists in this matchup in addition to creating 16 turnovers and having 11 steals. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 49 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Hornets buried 12 of 19 shots for a rate of 63.2%. Charlotte ended the game with a 52.0% field goal percentage (53 out of 102) and knocked down 20 of 48 shots from downtown.
Terry Rozier is a guy who was a major contributor for the matchup. Rozier walked away from this one shooting 51.7% from the floor and dished out 4 assists. He played 34 minutes and also collected 2 rebounds. He recorded 39 points on 15 of 29 shooting.
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Charlotte will enter this game with a record of 11-29 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.8 times per contest and as a squad they commit 21.3 fouls per contest. As a team, Charlotte is snagging 45.8 boards per contest and has accumulated 1,006 dimes for the season, which is 11th in the league in terms of passing. The Hornets are shooting 32.5% from downtown (438 of 1,349) and 74.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.0 points per game (22nd in the league) while connecting on 44.6% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Hornets are forcing 15.4 turnovers per game and they draw 20.8 fouls. They are ranked 29th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,048 conceded on the campaign. The Hornets are giving up a shooting percentage of 48.1% (1,718 of 3,573) and they relinquish 46.6 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 35.9% on 3-pointers while they are 28th in the NBA in points per game allowed (118.2).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Pacers walked away with a victory by a final of 108-99 against the Trail Blazers. The Pacers corralled 37 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 41 for this game. They also turned it over 12 times, while recording 11 steals in this contest. The Trail Blazers were called for 19 personal fouls for this game which got the Pacers to the charity stripe for a total of 28 tries. They were able to convert 25 of those for a clip of 89.3%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Indiana knocked down 7 of 25 attempts (28.0%). When the game finished, the Pacers shot 38 out of 84 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.2%. The Pacers allowed the Trail Blazers to bury 38 of 94 tries from the field which had them shooting 40.4% in this matchup. They finished shooting 27.3% from three-point range by going 9 of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 17 from the free throw line (82.4%). When it comes to rebounding, Indiana allowed Portland to grab 52 in all (12 on the offensive side).
Bennedict Mathurin pitched in for the Pacers in this contest. Mathurin recorded 19 points in his 21 minutes on the hardwood, but finished this game without an assist. He knocked down 6 out of 10 for the contest for a rate of 60.0%, and had 2 rebounds.
Indiana has a win-loss record of 22-18 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Pacers are hitting on 46.3% from the floor, which ranks 21st in the league. Indiana has accounted for 4,625 pts on the year (115.6 per contest) and they collect 42.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.9 times per game (4th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 15.2 times per game. The Pacers are committing 21.6 fouls per contest while shooting 80.0% from the charity stripe.
The Pacers on the defensive side of the court are 20th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 115.7. They are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (10th in the league). The Indiana defense concedes 36.5% on 3-pointers (495 of 1,358) and opponents are knocking down 81.6% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 25.3 dimes and 45.7 total rebounds per game, which is 15th and 27th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Charlotte (+7)
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