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Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Play-In Tournament Best Bets and Odds

Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers

Last year the pandemic forced the NBA into a bubble in Orlando.  From that experience, the Association decided to create a play-in tournament.  History will be made Tuesday night from Indianapolis.  Cause by the Pacers hosting the Hornets in the first-ever play-in game in NBA history.  Indiana has the recent hot hand on the NBA betting board. Counter to that is a Hornets team that is truly limping in.  But Tuesday night, both teams are 0-0 with clean slates.  Indiana is a franchise with vastly more playoff experience.  However, their actual success in the postseason is weak.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Information

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV Coverage: TNT

Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Hornets +3 (-110) 228 (-110) +135
Pacers -3 (-110) 228 (-110) -155
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Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers CashBet Wagering Analysis

On this occasion, we will get a classic sharp vs. squares top online sportsbook matchup.  Wise Guys will consider taking the points with a pesky Hornets team.  While squares will flock to their comfort zone of a home favorite hosting a relatively weak team.  With a new format, live betting should get an increase in traffic.

Hornets Limp-in Without Much Sting

Charlotte brings a Betting on NBA record of 33-39 straight up, 36-35-1 against the spread, and 31-40 under the total.  Accordingly, the Hornets finished 10th in the Eastern Conference.  NBA metrics show the Hornets ranked 23rd for scoring offense and 19th for offensive rebounds. And then defensively, Charlotte ranked 13th for points allowed and 19th for defensive rebounding.

Guard Terry Rozier averaged 20.5 points per game, which was a career-best.  Furthermore, forward Gordon Hayward averaged 19.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.  Rookie LaMelo Ball showed well in his first season in the Association.  To illuminate, Ball averaged 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game at the point guard position.  Guard Devonte Graham averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 assists per game.

Indiana Sets Late Pace

Indiana has a pro basketball betting record of 34-38 straight up, 32-39-1 against the spread, 44-27 over/under.  As a result, the Pacers finished 9th in the Eastern Conference.  NBA metrics show the Pacers ranked 6th for scoring offense and 26th for offensive rebounds.  While defensively, they were 25th for points allowed and 25th for defensive rebounding.

First among Indiana scorers was guard Malcolm Brogdon with 21.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.  Guard Caris LeVert averaged 20.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per contest.  Meanwhile, Forward Domantas Sabonis was perhaps the best player on the Pacers this year.  Sabonis averaged 20.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game.

Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers Against the Spread

Charlotte is a weak 39% play against the spread as road dogs.  While the Hornets went over the total in 56% of their away games.  In Eastern Conference games, Charlotte went under the total 59% of their games this season.  Further, the Hornets were under the total in 57% of all games in the 2020-21 season.

To summarize, the Pacers covered only 44% of their games as chalk this season.  Indiana got the cash in only 41% of their 2020-21 Eastern Conference matchups.  At home, the Pacers were only a 36% play on the board.  And then Indiana is a 63% play over the total in Eastern Conference matchups.  At home, the Pacers were at 56% over the total.  In fact, the Pacers went over the total in 62% of their games all season.

Overall, the Pacers covered six of their last eight basketball betting matchups with the Hornets.  Three of the most recent four games in this series stayed under the number.  Indiana got the cash in four of their last five home games with Charlotte.  This series has gone under the total in ten consecutive games at Indiana.

Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Pacers are in better NBA gambling form. Domantas Sabonis may be the difference-maker in this one.

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