Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers odds, storylines, and injuries

The Charlotte Hornets take on the Indiana Pacers tonight in Spectrum Center at 7:00 PM EST. Charlotte enters Friday night on a four-game win streak, while Indiana is in a rough patch of form losing two straight.

This will be the second matchup between the Hornets and Pacers since the first game of the season which produced one of the more memorable nights in recent Hornets history. The Hornets will be looking for the same result but must be hoping a large comeback won’t be needed this time out.

Charlotte Hornets odds vs. Indiana

The Hornets are listed as 1.5-point favorites tonight against the Pacers, according to WynnBET. The over/under for tonight’s game sits at 215.5 which could be worth a look with a combination of the Hornets defensive struggles and the Pacers currently struggling from the offensive end of the floor.

Streaming info for Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana

TV: Bally Sports Southeast
Radio: WFNZ 610

Storylines in Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana

The Charlotte vs. Indiana rivalry is really turning into something. Last year’s play-in game, the comeback at the start of the season, this matchup has produced quite the games as of late. How both teams approach this matchup will be very interesting. The Hornets are hot after beating the top team in both conferences, while Indiana has taken some tough losses to Detroit and New York.

Indiana’s big men, Damontas Sabonis and Myles Turner will be looking to feast tonight against Charlotte. Mason Plumlee and Nick Richards will definitely have their plate full trying to deal with these two all night. In the first matchup, Sabonis got the better of the Hornets, leading Indiana to a massive lead early on in the game. Hornets will have to be able to contain him early this time around.

Charlotte’s bench has played very well sporadically during this season. Kelly Oubre Jr., Cody Martin, and Jalen McDaniels have been the most consistent pieces as of late. In the first game, it was Ish Smith who kept a steady hand to help the Hornets stay in the game. With him now falling out of the rotation, how this unit responds in game two of this series will be crucial. James Borrego using LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier intermittently at point guard has worked as of late, and I would back it to continue working tonight.

Injury Report for Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana

Hornets:

PJ Washington (elbow) – OUT

Pacers:

Chris Duarte (shoulder) – QUESTIONABLE

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