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Indiana PacersNew Orleans Hornets
Dec 22, 8:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

Indiana Pacers vs New Orleans Hornets Odds

15-12TEAM RECORD5-21

The New Orleans Hornets host Indiana on Saturday, looking to build on their 5-21 mark against the 15-12 Pacers in NBA action at New Orleans Arena.

The Pacers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 15-12 ATS against the number this season, while the Hornets are 14-12 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Indiana is 13-14 on the totals; New Orleans is 13-13.

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Betting Line:
The Hornets were listed as 5-point underdogs at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), with the total was listed at 182 over at 5Dimes earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 25-rated Hornets and the No. 9-rated Pacers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 94-86 win for the Pacers on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 29-ranked offense (91.6 PPG) against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 2 at 90.4 PPG. The Hornets have averaged 44.1% from the field per game, more than the Pacers have managed so far this season (42.6% on average).

Defensively, the Pacers feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, giving up 91 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 in the league in scoring at home.

Indiana won its last outing, a 99-89 result against the Cavaliers on December 21. The Pacers covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 188 combined points took the game OVER the total. Indiana got 18 points from Roy Hibbert en route to a 99-89 victory over Cleveland on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

In their last action, New Orleans was a 99-94 loser on the road against the Spurs. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (193) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Hornets endured a 99-94 loss at the hands of the Spurs on Friday, despite an 18 -point effort from Anthony Davis at AT&T Center.

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 3-7
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Orlando are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 6-4
After a loss are 1-9

A few Pacers at Hornets trends to consider:
Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of New Orleans's last 21 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Orleans's last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing at home against Indiana

Next up:
Indiana home to Chicago, Wednesday, December 26
New Orleans at Orlando, Wednesday, December 26

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