The Indiana Pacers (32-39) suffered a 141-121 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers in their last outing and now prepare to take on the Charlotte Hornets (22-50) on Monday night.
The 76ers completely dominated the Pacers as they lost their 17th home game. Aaron Nesmith, Andrew Nembhard and Myles Turner put up 25, 22 and 20 points, but it wasn’t enough. Joel Embiid displayed a masterclass that night and finished the game with 31 points, including seven rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers. Tyrese Maxey stepped in place of James Harden and scored 31 points in the win. The Pacers will now be up against the Hornets, who are 14th in the Eastern Conference and have zero chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
The Hornets are on a four-game losing streak. Their latest loss was a 121-82 drubbing against the 76ers. It was an embarrassing performance where not a single player from the Hornets could put up respectable numbers. Joel Embiid once again was the star of the show, producing 38 points on the night.
Fixture: Indiana Pacers @ Charlotte Hornets
Date & Time: Monday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolins
Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets: Injury Report
There are quite a few injury concerns surrounding the two teams. Isaiah Jackson is questionable for the Pacers as he is dealing with a knee injury. Bennedict Mathurin is questionable as well due to an ankle injury. Tyrese Haliburton is out until late March with an ankle injury, while Chris Duarte is questionable because of an ankle problem.
Mark Williams is out for the Hornets tonight due to a thumb injury, and James Bouknight is questionable because of an ankle injury. Lamelo Ball is out for the season with an ankle injury.
|Isaiah Jackson||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||Knee|
|Bennedict Mathurin||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||ANkle|
|Tyrese Haliburton||Indiana Pacers||Out||Ankle|
|Chris Duarte||Indiana Pacers||Questionable||Ankle|
|Mark Williams||Charlotte Hornets||Out||Thumb|
|James Bouknight||Charlotte Hornets||Questionable||Ankle|
|Lamelo Ball||Charlotte Hornets||Out||Ankle|
Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets: Betting Odds
|Indiana Pacers||-125||-1.5 (-110)||O 232.5 (-110)|
|Charlotte Hornets||+105||+1.5 (-110)||U 232.5 (-110)|
Pacers: F Buddy Hield, F Jordan Nwora, C Myles Turner, G Andrew Nembhard, G Aaron Nesmith
Hornets: F PJ Washington, F Gordon Hayward, C Nick Richards, G Kelly Oubre Jr., G Terry Rozier
Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets: Betting Prediction
The Pacers already have a 2-0 lead over the Hornets this season and will aim for their third straight win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Pacers are offensively a lot stronger than the Hornets, averaging 115.9 ppg per game as opposed to only 111.2 ppg. The two teams are defensively weak, ranked 28th and 23rd in the league. Expect an open, entertaining game, and the Pacers to cover the spread.