Hornets-Pacers Preview

The New Orleans Hornets would like to end their road struggles.

They may find some relief for at least one game.

The Hornets attempt to avoid a sixth straight loss away from

home by continuing their success against the Indiana Pacers at

Conseco Fieldhouse on Monday night.

New Orleans (16-11) has dropped seven of eight on the road after

winning four of its first five there.

The Hornets, who have been outscored by an average of 12.8

points during their five-game road losing streak, endured a similar

skid Feb. 8-March 14, when they lost seven in a row away from New

Orleans en route to a 13-28 road record last season.

New Orleans failed to capitalize on four injuries to the Pistons

on Sunday, falling 111-108 in overtime at Detroit. The Hornets

allowed the Pistons to shoot 10 for 23 from 3-point range.

“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.”

The Hornets may be in good position to end their road losing

streak in Indiana (12-14), where they’ve won their last four

visits. They’ve also won five in a row overall against the Pacers,

but only by an average of 4.8 points.

Chris Paul has averaged 23.0 points and 9.8 assists in five

career games at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The All-Star point guard missed a Feb. 19 home matchup with

Indiana while recovering from knee surgery. New Orleans didn’t need

him, as David West picked up the slack with 29 points and nine

rebounds in a 107-101 victory.

The power forward put up 32 points and grabbed nine boards

Sunday, and leads the Hornets with an average of 19.3 points.

West’s 7.2 rebounds per game rank second on the team.

The Pacers have won three of their last four at home, improving

to 7-6 there on the season. However, they’re opening a three-game

homestand with little momentum. They’ve dropped four of five

overall after losing 99-88 at Boston on Sunday.

Indiana has been outscored by an average of 14.8 points while

shooting 38.6 percent in those four defeats.

Danny Granger had a game-high 19 points against the Celtics, but

missed 15 of 20 shots from the field, including 6 of 7 from 3

-point range. The Pacers are 7-2 this season when Granger shoots 50

percent or better from the field, and 5-11 when he shoots below 50


Granger is averaging 24.3 points in his last four games against

the Hornets, but shooting only 39.5 percent in those contests – all

Pacers losses.