|4 CHA (-109) @ Draftkings|
8* Take Charlotte (#549)
Indiana has precious little home court advantage. The results do not lie. Here we are in April, and the Pacers have a grand total of eight straight up home wins all season; 6-15 ATS in 21 previous home games. Asking Indiana to lay points has been an abject disaster – their last cover as a home favorite came back on February 2nd. Throw in a key injury to All Star Domantas Sabonis (questionable tonight with a quad injury), and I’m quite comfortable fading the Pacers in this spread range whether Sabonis suits up or not. In their latest home loss, to Miami on Wednesday, Indiana had the feel of a lottery team, not a playoff team.
Charlotte IS a playoff team, even without LaMelo Ball in the lineup. The Hornets had won four of their last five (5-0 ATS) prior to a ‘no-show’ game last night in Brooklyn; a game that was essentially over before halftime. Head coach James Borrego took advantage, resting his starters down the stretch, leaving them relatively fresh for the second of back-2-backs tonight. Charlotte has been a moneymaker as an underdog, a moneymaker off a loss (especially on the highway) and a moneymaker on the second night of back-2-backs; profitable in all three roles. That’s most assuredly a track record worthy of support here. Take the Hornets.
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