Pacers to Enjoy Sweet Smell of Victory with Cover vs. Hornets

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Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:19 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018 2:19 PM GMT

Indiana is trying to build momentum heading into the playoffs, while Charlotte will use this opportunity to develop some of its younger talent. What's the best play with your NBA picks?

NBA Betting: Hornets (33-44-4 ATS) vs. Pacers (47-34 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Pacers -4.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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The Indiana Pacers are one of the most surprising, competitive teams this season, and a lot of the credit has to go to the improved play of Victor Oladipo. He is having a career year, averaging 22 points per game -- up from the 15 ppg he averaged last season.

The Charlotte Hornets have their own budding superstar in Kemba Walker. He leads the team in scoring, even though it has not resulted in a whole lot of wins. Walker is eating opposing defenses alive with his dynamic dribbling display and uncanny shot-making ability. The Hornets struggle offensively as a team, but that is OK when you have a one-man show who can go out and get a bucket at any given moment.

Still, the staple of the Hornets is their defense, which is now anchored by Dwight Howard. He does a fantastic job of contesting shots at the rim and clearing the ball on the defensive glass. Howard might finally be at the point in his career where he realizes he can impact games more with his running, rebounding, and jumping skills as opposed to demanding the ball in the post, as he did in previous stops. He will have an advantage against Myles Turner down low, but Turner will be able to pull Howard away from the basket and force him to defend on the perimeter.

The Pacers are 24-16 ATS at home this season (60 percent). Indiana has been able to surprise a lot of teams with its high-end talent of Oladipo and Turner, but also with good quality depth in the likes of Darren Collison and Bojan Bogdonavic. They are prolific 3-point shooters, shooting 46 and 40 percent from beyond the arc, respectively. Their quality shooting creates the space that Oladipo and Turner need to operate going downhill in the halfcourt.

Indiana will be fine-tuning for the playoffs and trying to incorporate more of Collison in the offense. Collison has been a key to the success of the Pacers this season by drastically improving his 3-point shot. Collison is a career 39-percent shooter from beyond the arc, but this season is shooting a blistering 46 percent from 3-point range. In this game, Collison will be matched up against a young Charlotte guard who is finishing out his rookie year strong. Malik Monk is looking like the player the Hornets thought they were getting when they spent a lottery pick on him in the 2018 draft. Monk has scored 20 or more in his last three games, but expect that streak to end tonight.

The Pacers, -4.5 home favorites on the NBA odds board, will get another victory against the disappointing Hornets, who are 15-21-4 ATS on the road. Take Indiana and lay the points with your NBA picks.

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