Hornets vs. Pacers NBA Playoffs Odds: Pacers Have 60% Chance to Win

Oddsmakers like the Pacers to win in the first game of the 2021 NBA Play-In Tournament
Kyle Newman
Tue, May 18, 7:29 AM EDT

Hornets vs. Pacers NBA Playoffs Odds: Oddsmakers Give Pacers 60% Chance to Win

The NBA playoffs are almost here. First, teams will battle it out in a play-in tournament for those last precious spots. First up will be the Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets, as they face off on Tuesday. According to Hornets vs. Pacers odds, ddsmakers believe there’s a clear favorite here.

The Hornets have limped into the playoffs, losing 5 in a row, 6 of their last 7 and 9 of their last 11. Meanwhile, the Pacers are 5-5 in their last 10, including wins over the 76ers and Hawks. That said, in a one-game scenario it could come down to the best player on the floor. Again, the edge goes to the Pacers with Domantas Sabonis. However, don’t put it past Terry Rozier to put in one of his best games of the season.

The biggest x-factor may be health. The Hornets are without their star Gordon Hayward as he deals with injury. Meanwhile, the Pacers are hopeful they can get Malcolm Brogdon back into the lineup for the play-in game. He’s currently a game-time decision. It doesn’t help that backup point guard Aaron Holiday is also injured and currently listed as questionable for the Pacers. Let’s take a look at the Hornets vs. Pacers odds for tonight’s game.

Hornets vs. Pacers Odds

The Pacers are given -150 odds to beat the Hornets tonight, or an implied 60% chance to win this 9 vs. 10 matchup. Meanwhile, Hornets are given +134 odds, or an implied 42.7% chance to pull off the upset.

If you want to bet the Hornets vs. Pacers point spread, you can get it anywhere from Pacers -4/Hornets +4 to the Pacers -2/Hornets +2. So, according to Hornets vs. Pacers odds, oddsmakers don’t see a blowout coming. They just have a strong feeling that the Pacers are the team to beat here.

The one interesting wrinkle here that oddsmakers didn’t seem to take into account is head to head when they started pricing up Hornets vs. Pacers odds. While it’s true the Pacers have been the better team down the stretch, it’s the Hornets who own the head-to-head matchup.

In those three games, Sabonis was held to just 17.3 points per game, including an 8-point effort the last time these two played. Meanwhile, the Pacers have shown no ability to stop the Hornets team on offense. In their 3 games, all 5 Hornets starters toped 10 points in 2 of them, and 4 topped the 10-point threshold in the third.

So, while the oddsmakers have made the Pacers a clear favorite, there is a reason why the spread is so tight for the game, according to Hornets vs. Pacers odds.

Team

Odds

Implied chance

Indiana Pacers

-150

60%

Charlotte Hornets

+134

42.7%

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