Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers NBA Pick – December 29

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of games on December 29. Nine games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Charlotte Hornets and the Indiana Pacers. These two teams have struggled a bit this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Charlotte has earned a record of 18-17 to start out this season, which has them in eighth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hornets have won their last two games and will look to remain hot in this one. Charlotte is three games back on the fifth seed. The Hornets will look to move up in the standings with a big win in this one.

The Pacers have put up a record of 14-20 throughout this season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost four of their last six. The Pacers are two games back on the tenth seed. Indiana will look to get going quickly in this one as they try to move up the standings.

These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Hornets have been much better as of late and will look to remain hot. Indiana has struggled to get into a rhythm early in the season. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Charlotte Hornets +3 ½ (-110) +140 Over 227 ½ (-110)
Indiana Pacers -3 ½ (-110) -160 Under 227 ½ (-110)2

 

Team Data Charlotte Hornets Indiana Pacers
Overall Record 18-17 14-20
Away/ Home Record 9-13 11-7
PPG 115.1 107.8
PPG Away/ Home 113.9 111.4
PAPG 116.3 107.2
PAPG Away/ Home 118.5 106.8

Betting Trends

Charlotte Hornets

  • 21-13 ATS this season
  • 16-11 ATS as an underdog
  • 10-11 ATS in road games
  • 9-3 ATS in December
  • 7-9 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 3-1 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 3-4 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 6-5 ATS against team with losing record

Indiana Pacers

  • 16-17 ATS this season
  • 7-12 ATS as a favorite
  • 10-7 ATS in home games
  • 4-6 ATS in December
  • 1-2 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 1-6 ATS after division game
  • 7-11 ATS against team with winning record

These two teams met up once this season on October 20 in Charlotte. Domantas Sabonis dropped 33 points and 15 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon added 28 points and 11 assists, but it was not enough. LaMelo Ball finished with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Gordon Hayward put up 27 points as the Hornets earned a 123-122 win at home.

Field Goal Shooting

The Hornets have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Charlotte has made 46 percent of their shots from the field, which is 12th in the NBA. The Hornets have shot 37.9 percent from deep, which is 1st in the league. Charlotte has drained 75.4 percent from the free throw line, which is 26th in the NBA.

Indiana has been solid shooting the ball as well this season. The Pacers have been shooting 45.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 14th in the league. Indiana has made 32.3 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 28th in the NBA. The Pacers have sunk 78.3 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 13th in the league.

Charlotte has been a bit better shooting the ball throughout this season. The Pacers have the edge on defense though. Indiana has held their opponents to a 46 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. The Hornets have allowed opposing teams to shoot 46.8 percent of their shots, which is 26th in the league. Both teams will look to step up on defense in this one.

Top Performers

LaMelo Ball has been strong for Charlotte in his sophomore season. Ball is averaging 19.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Gordon Hayward has averaged 17.1 points per game. Terry Rozier is averaging 16.9 points per game. Kelly Oubre Jr. has averaged 16.5 points per game to round out the lineup.

Malcolm Brogdon has been solid for the Pacers throughout this season. Brogdon has averaged 19 points and 6.1 assists per game on the season. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 18 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Caris LeVert has averaged 17.1 points per game. Myles Turner is averaging 13.6 points and 7.4 rebounds, while Chris Duarte has averaged 13.3 points per game.

These two teams have been led by their starters throughout this season. Brogdon is listed as questionable for Indiana in this one. Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington are both out for the Hornets, which will hurt their lineup a bit. If either team can have some players step up in this one, it could be enough to grab the win.

Pick Overview

The Hornets have been the better team throughout this season and will look to earn another win against Indiana on the road. The Pacers are better than their record implies though and playing off an extra day of rest, I think they can win this one. With Charlotte missing Bridges and Washington, I think Indiana can control the pace to earn the win at home.

BetOnline has the Pacers listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Indiana at home. I think that this line is accurate with the Pacers at home and looking healthier entering this matchup. Indiana dropped their first meeting against the Hornets, but I think they will come out faster this time around. As slight favorites, I like the value on Indiana.

The Bet
Indiana Pacers -3.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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