Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers Picks, Full Preview, Live Coverage, Dream11 Prediction, When & Where to Watch Live Streaming Hornets vs Pacers
Hornets vs Pacers: The Indiana Pacers hope to get healthier and back to the postseason when kick-starting the new league year against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
Last season ended in disappointment with the Pacers getting blown out by the Washington Wizards in a play-in game. The Hornets finished right behind Indiana 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 33-39 record.
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- Teams: Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers
- Date: Thursday, 21st October 2021
- Time: 04:30 am (IST)
- Venue: Spectrum Center
They’ll be looking for Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball to take the next step in their bid to turn around the struggling franchise.
Pacers moving forward as currently constructed
There was talk of the Pacers potentially being in the hunt for a blockbuster deal that would likely include Malcolm Brogdon for Philadelphia 76ers star guard Ben Simmons.
Indiana missed the playoffs last season for the first time in five seasons. So we’ll see how they bounce back in Wednesday’s opener against the Hornets.
Opposing teams averaged 36.6 percent from 3-point distance against them last season. Which could be the crucial stat heading into a game against a Hornets team that loves to fire off long-distance shots. They ranked ninth in the league with an average 13.7 buckets made from beyond the arc.
So there’s definitely a tendency for them to live or die with the 3-pointer. The Pacers must step up their perimeter defense in this outing.
They should also look to feast on buckets down low considering Charlotte has a tendency of getting crushed from two-point range.
The inability to stop the bleeding inside the arc was an Achilles heel for them with the team allowing a league-worst 55.3 percent shooting from close distance. Pacers center Domantas Sabonis needs to feast in this game.
Forward Justin Holiday and guard Jeremy Lamb are both listed as questionable for this game.
Plumlee a necessary grab for Charlotte
One of the more underrated moves of the offseason was the Hornets trading for center Mason Plumlee and the draft rights of JT Thor. It’s clear the front office is doing everything they can to shore up their rim defense.
Quite frankly, they’re sick and tired of getting bullied down low. And it was going to continue unless they did something else.
Where to watch Live in India: Charlotte Hornets vs Indiana Pacers – NBA 2021
In India, the live broadcast of the NBA Finals 2021 will be available on Star Sports Select and Star Sports 1.
The match can also be live-streamed with an NBA League Pass.