Free NBA Picks - Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers

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Monday, December 12, 2016 5:19 PM GMT

The Hornets continue to be one of the most undervalued teams. Their defense and rebounding are far superior to the Pacers and as a small underdog, the Hornets are a great play.

Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers

Coming into the season I predicted the Pacers as the second best team in the East. So far I am way off on that prediction, but the Hornets are a team that I still think as highly of as I did at the beginning of the season.

Star power in Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, combined with a strong defense and great coaching has this team once again threatening to be a tough playoff out in the Eastern Conference.

Tonight, however, the oddsmakers have the Pacers as -2 home favorites and I am ready to take the points with the Hornets. In their first meeting this season in Charlotte, the Hornets smashed the Pacers by 22 points.

While the score of this one should be much closer, the Hornets' defense and superb rebounding are going to play in this one. The Hornets' defense owns the best defensive rebounding rate of any team, while the Pacers rank 29th when it comes to defensive rebounding.

If the Hornets own the glass, they are going to win this one, plain and simple. Indiana also ranks 23rd in effective field goal percentage allowed at 51.3%. Charlotte was playing well before losing to Cleveland, but considering they are holding teams to only 43.3% shooting on the road, I am taking the points and money line with Charlotte for my NBA picks.

Free NBA Pick: Hornets ML & +1

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