Hornets vs Pacers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/20/23

Indiana Pacers (13-13) vs Charlotte Hornets (7-18)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 248.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Charlotte Hornets pay a visit to the Indiana Pacers at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. Here’s a Hornets vs Pacers Prediction.

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have been in a real slump as they've lost seven of their last eight games overall, and they will be hoping to put an end to a five-game slide after getting routed by the Raptors in a 114-99 road loss on Monday. Terry Rozier led the team with 22 points and seven assists, PJ Washington added 15 points with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals while Brandon Miller and Bryce McGowens scored 14 points each. As a team, the Hornets shot 43 percent from the field and eight of 32 from the 3-point line as they got off to a strong start and held the Raptors to just 19 points in the first quarter to lead for a majority of the contest, until the fourth quarter where they got outscored by 35-18 to lose by double digits in a disappointing finish.

Charlotte Hornets Player Facts

  • Brandon Miller ranks 2nd amongst qualified rookies for points per game (14.8) this season.
  • Nick Richards ranks 20th amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (1.3) this season.

Indiana Pacers

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been doing it tough lately as they've lost five of their last six games overall and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after getting thrashed by the Clippers in a demoralizing 151-127 loss on Monday. Bennedict Mathurin led the team in scoring with 34 points on 12 of 20 shooting off the bench, Isaiah Jackson added 15 points on six of nine shooting, while Obi Toppin and Buddy Hield scored 14 points each. As a team, the Pacers shot 51 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line, but their defense was the problem as they allowed at least 37 points in each quarter and trailed by as many as 33 points in what was one of their worst games of the season.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (11.9) this season.
  • Obi Toppin ranks 7th amongst qualified players for FG% (61.4%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (127.4).
  • The Pacers rank 30th in the league for opponent points per game this season (127.0).
  • The Hornets have missed the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons - longest active streak in the NBA
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for Q4 opponent points per game this season (31.3).

Hornets vs Pacers Prediction

The Pacers could be shorthanded here with Myles Turner listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, which really doesn't help the Pacers who are mired in a mini slump at the moment. Fortunately, the Hornets have been in worse form lately, and they've only won three of their 11 road games so far. You couldn't back either team with much confidence these days, so while I like the Pacers to get the much-needed win at home, I don't think they should be favored by so many points in their current form.

Peter’s Pick Charlotte +10.5

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