Pacers vs Hornets NBA Live: Before we dive into the statistics, we need to understand how the NBA Play-in tournament works. In this game, the Indiana Pacers, who finished at the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference NBA Standings take on the Charlotte Hornets, who were the 10th seed. The loser of the game will get knocked out of the contention and the winner then has to beat the loser of the match-up between the 7th and 8th spot teams, i.e. Celtics and Wizards twice. So, the team that wins this game has to win two more games to advance to the main leg of the NBA Playoffs.
Pacers vs Hornets NBA Play-in tournament: The Indiana Pacers had huge defensive issues in the regular season and allowed 115.3 PPG in the regular season, which was the 6th worst in the whole league. Meanwhile, the Hornets will miss one of their main guns in Hayward which can disturb their chances. The Pacers are a great offensive team and were 6th in the league in terms of PPG, also ranking first in the APG with 27.4. On the other hand, the Hornets had constant offensive troubles, ranking 23rd in terms of PPG, scoring only 109.5 PPG. Charlotte was 2-1 against the Pacers in the NBA Regular season series between the two teams.
BREAKING NEWS: Caris LeVert has been ruled out for the game.
Host: Indiana Pacers
Visitors: Charlotte Hornets
Match Timing: 19 May, @ 04:00 AM
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Streaming: WATCH Pacers vs Hornets NBA Live on Sony channels including Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 3 and Sony ESPN in India, and SonyLiv App.
Indiana Pacers| Charlotte Hornets(Regular Season)
Games: 72 | 72
Wins: 34| 33
Defeats: 38| 39
Indiana Pacers News:
Status Out: Jeremy Lamb, Caris LeVert, Myles Turner, and TJ Warren will not play in this game.
Status Questionable: Aaron Holiday, Edmond Sumner, Domantas Sabonis, and Malcolm Brogdon are all “questionable” and “Game Time Decisions”.
Indian Pacers active roster: Domantas Sabonis, Doug McDermott, TJ McConnell, Brian Bowen, Goga Bitadze, Jakarr Sampson, Justin Holiday, Aaron Holiday, Cassius Stanley.
Charlotte Hornets News:
Status out: Cody Martin and Gordon Hayward will not play in the game.
Status Questionable: Nothing further to report so far on the injury front.
Charlotte Hornets active roster: Terry Rozier, PJ Washington, Malik Monk, LaMelo Ball, Bismack Biyombo, Cody Zeller, Caleb Martin, Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges, Cody Martin, Vernon Carey Jr., Nate Darling, Jalen McDaniels, Nick Richard, Grant Riller.
Projected Fantasy Points: 44
Ball is going to be key with Hayward out and for a team that struggles to put up points, he needs to play at his offensive best in the game. LaMelo is also the key playmaker for the team so his contributions will be needed in the overall team scheme. He will need to replicate his heroics from the regular season and if he produces a 20/10 game then his team will be in a great position. He is a candidate for the Super-Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
LeVert will be key if both Brogdon and Sabonis are out. He is known for creating his own offense and was spectacular in the regular season. If LeVert gets a big game then the Pacers can overcome a team that struggles to score during many nights. He averaged 24 PPG, 8.2 APG, and 1.8 SPG in the last 5 outings of the regular season.
Terry is more than capable of going for a big scoring night and has a lot of moves in his arsenal. Along with Ball, he will look to also generate opportunities for both himself and his teammates. He averaged 5.8 RPG, 5.4 APG, and 2 SPG for the last 5 games of the regular season.
Sabonis produced multiple triple-double nights for the Pacers and has become one of the most versatile players in the league. At his size, he makes a lot of things happen and the only thing that he lacks is perhaps strong low-post, and overall defense. He is “questionable” for the game.
Miles Bridges: PPG: 12.7 RPG: 6.0 TPG: 1.6 PFP: 38
Bridges made massive in-roads in terms of offense and his ascending confidence reflected in his performance. The youngster finished his last 5 games, averaging an impressive 20.6 PPG and 1.2 BPG.
TJ McConnell: PPG: 8.6 APG: 6.6 RPG: 3.7 SPG: 1.9 TPG: 2.0 PFP: 34
McConnell ranked 2nd in terms of SPG during the Regular season and has incredible playmaking abilities while providing decent scoring every now and then. He averaged 12.6 PPG, 8.1 APG, 5.2 RPG, and 2.4 SPG for the last 5 games of the regular season.
Devonte Graham: PPG: 14.8 APG: 5.4 TPG: 1.5 PFP: 32
Graham is probably the “X-Factor” for the Hornets and has the ability to both create offense for his team and score at a high clip.
P.J. Washington: PPG: 12.9 RPG: 6.5 BPG: 1.2 SPG: 1.1
TPG: 2.0 PFP: 33
Doug McDermott: PPG: 13.5 RPG: 3.4 PFP: 25
PG: T McConnell, Devonte Graham, L Ball(SP)
SG: T Rozier(PP)
SF: J Holiday
PF: M Bridges, P Washington
C: D McDermott