Hornets vs. Pacers NBA Prediction

Hornets vs. Pacers, 5/18/21 NBA Playoff Play-In Predictions

The first of two NBA Playoff Play-In games will start at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday when the Pacers host the Hornets. With Indiana laying three points as a home favorite and the total sitting at 227.5, what’s the best bet for this matchup?

Game Snapshot

559 Charlotte Hornets (+3) at 560 Indiana Pacers (-3); o/u 227.5

6:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

Charlotte Hornets DFS Notes

Gordan Hayward (right foot sprain) will not play in Tuesday's play-in game, as expected. Last Wednesday, Hornets' reporter Rod Boone said it was "very unlikely," we'd see Hayward in the play-in tournament, as he's still yet to be cleared for full-contact work. It doesn't sound like he'll be available during the play-in tournament at all, but if the Hornets advance, perhaps he'll be able to make a return later in the playoffs.

Indiana Pacers DFS Notes

Domantas Sabonis (left quad), Aaron Holiday (right big toe) and Edmond Sumner (left knee) are being listed as questionable for Tuesday's play-in game vs. the Hornets. The playing status of Holiday and Sumner isn't all that irrelevant, but if Sabonis isn't able to give it a go, that would greatly up the odds of Charlotte getting the win. Check back for another update on all these guys following tomorrow's shootaround.

Hornets vs. Pacers Game Prediction

The under is 21-5 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams in Indiana and is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings overall. On the other side, the under is 9-3 in the Hornets’ last 12 games as a road underdog, is 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on one day of rest and is 20-7 in their last 27 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. On the other side, the under is 3-0-1 in the Pacers’ last four games versus a team with a losing record.

NBA PREDICTION: HORNETS/PACERS UNDER 227.5

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