Just after facing the Boston Celtics on the road, the Indiana Pacers hope to go 13-14 at home against a tough 16-11 New Orleans Hornets team. However, I think the Pacers will upset. I am going to put it out there just like that, plain and simple. The Pacers are decent at home with a 7-6 record while the Hornets are 5-8 on the road. They have been struggling as of late, however, too.
Accu Score predicts the Pacers having a 72-percent chance of winning while New Orleans only has a 28-percent chance. The Hornets have so far lost five straight on the road.
The Hornets are recently coming off a painful 111-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons in overtime last night.
“We gave up 59 points in the second half, and that doesn’t count overtime,” coach Monty Williams said. “We just didn’t guard the ball. We kept giving them open 3-point shots when that was all they could hit.”
Chris Paul has done fairly well at Conseco Fieldhouse, averaging 20 points and 9.8 assists per game there for his career in five games. The same can not go for Danny Granger. He may average 24 points per game in his last four games versus New Orleans, but has averaged under 40-percent shooting, which leads to all the losses for Indiana.
The key for a win is depended on Granger. Another key is to stop David West down low. With Roy Hibbert down there, they could be good to go. This is also going to be an emotional game, at least for Paul and Darren Collison. Both were teammates last season and they look to have a good time facing each other.