When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Hornets are coming off back to back double digit fourth quarter comeback wins on the road. This team continues to defy expectations in new ways, and trying to predict what they’ll do on a given night has become a useless endeavor.
Tonight they’ll be in the friendly confines of the Spectrum Center to face the Pacers. The first time these two teams met, the Hornets similarly erased a double digit fourth quarter deficit to send the game to overtime. That game was decided by a pair of Devonte’ Graham free throws with less than two seconds to play in the overtime period. The second time these two teams met, the Hornets were thoroughly dominated for about 42 of out of the 48 minutes and left Indianapolis with a 22 point loss.
So now we look ahead to the third game with nothing to base a sound prediction on, despite these two teams already meeting twice. The Hornets could keep doing what they’ve been doing by rattling off a magical fourth quarter run to win a game they have no business winning. Or they could miss all their shots and lose by 30. You really never know with this team.
The Pacers have hit hit a rough skid over the last few days. They’ve lost four of their last five and are coming off a road loss to the Hawks (curiously their only win in that span is a dismantling of the 76ers). The losses have mostly coincided with the absence of Malcolm Brogdon. The Pacers’ big offseason acquisition has been out with back spasms, and he didn’t join the team on their current road trip. Aaron Holiday will start in his place. They may also be without backup point guard TJ McConnell, who’s dealing with a sprained ankle. If he can’t go, the Pacers will only have one healthy point guard in the lineup.