Hawks (37-30, 16-19 road) at Pacers (30-35, 11-20 home)
- Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
- Place: Bankers Life Field house, Indianapolis, IN
- TV: Bally Sports Southeast | Bally Sports Indiana | NBA League Pass
Atlanta comes off a convincing 135-103 win over the road-weary Phoenix Suns who were on the last leg of a six-game road trip. The Hawks are a solid 5-seed right now and are just 0.5 games back of the 4-seed New York Knicks.
Hawks coach Nate McMillan makes his way back to Indianapolis where he recorded winning marks in the mid-40s for four years, but lost each season in the first round of the playoffs and was dismissed. So the revenge factor could be a part of this contest.
Indiana, meanwhile, could be characterized as “Team Dysfunction” right now. Pacers’ coach Nate Bjorkgren has been reported to lose the team due to communication issues with players and staff. Add to this the blow-up of assistant coach Greg Foster at Goga Bitadze during a time out as the two had to be held back. Bitadze apparently did not rotate on defense properly and drew Foster’s ire.
The Pacers have lost two in a row and four out of their last five as they are doing a nosedive, but are still the 9-seed and in the play-in tournament as of now.
One idea to consider is records on the second night of a back-to-back as the Hawks are 5-8 while Indiana is 9-5.
Injuries to Key Contributors
- Atlanta Hawks – De’Andre Hunter (knee), Cam Reddish (ankle) – OUT
- Indiana Pacers – Malcolm Brogdon (hamstrung), JaKarr Sampson (head), Edmond Sumner (knee) – Questionable; Jeremy Lamb (knee), Myles Turner (toe), T.J. Warren (foot) – OUT
Hawks (37-29-1, ATS):
- Atlanta is 14-6 ATS in it’s last 20 games
- The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the last 5 road games for the Hawks
Pacers (26-39, ATS):
- Indiana is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
- The OVER has been the play in 5 of Indiana’s last 6 games
- Indiana is 2-16 ATS in their last 18 home games
Last Time Out
The Hawks outscored Phoenix, 38-15, in the fourth quarter en route to a 135-103 win over the Suns. Clint Capela led the Hawks with 18 points as Atlanta place seven in double figures. Hawks coach Nate McMillan said that he thought energy might be a factor late as the Suns had to play overtime to beat Cleveland on Tuesday. He was right as he implored his Hawks to go late into the shot clock and make Phoenix work on the defense end and the strategy paid huge dividends.
Indiana had no answers for Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley, III, as he scored 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Kings to a 104-93 win over the Pacers last night. Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, 13 boards, and eight assists to lead the struggling Pacers.
Indiana has won 12 of the last 15 in the series.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Hawks||-6 (-110)||-230||O 240 (-110)|
|Pacers||+6 (-110)||+190||U 240 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
The Hawks are kind of in the place the Suns were last night as they go into a game where the conservation of energy may be a key late in the game. The Pacers are reeling, so any air of dominance that the Hawks can assert early is in their favor. Trae Young has averaged 25.5 points over the last four games while dishing 8.5 assists. Clint Capela is benefitting in having his playmaker return as he has made 25-of-36 baskets over these last four games and is averaging 15 points and 11.5 boards over those four. Indiana’s opponents are shooting 46.9 percent on the season (20th/NBA) as it seems they are finding what they want inside from posts as well as off the dribble.
Key Hawks Stat:
Bogdan Bogdanovic (15.5 ppg, 42.3%-3) continues to be one of the toughest covers in the NBA. With his three-point prowess, he still shoots 50.7 percent from two, so he makes you choose how to guard him. He is averaging 18.7 points over his last three games while dishing 4.7 assists and making 14 triples.
Atlanta had 74 points off the bench last night vs. the Suns, so the opportunity is going to be there to score the ball and cover the spread. USC product Onyeka Okongwu had a break out game as he scored 14 points, including the first six of the fourth quarter. Lou Williams may get rolling again as well as he popped in 19 and made 6-of-11 field goals.
The Pacers have to defend to beat any teams and win consistently in the NBA. Their last five opponents have shot 48.1 percent and have made 57 combined threes. They have to find Young immediately and try to limit his looks and lanes. The presence of the three beyond Young with Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter (12.1 ppg, 36.7%-3) will spread the floor and once again make it tough on Indiana’s defense.
Key Pacers Stat:
Malcolm Brogdon and Edmond Sumner are scheduled to start after missing last night’s game win injuries. Brogdon (22.1 ppg, 6.1 apg) leads in scoring as he and Domantas Sabonis (20.3 ppg, 12.0 rpg) have good chemistry in tandem. Sumner has been a nice surprise in averaging 7.5 points in his 51 games.
This is a matchup of two of the top four rebounders in the NBA as Capela leads with 14.4 per game and Sabonis is fourth with 12.3. both work the offensive glass well as Capela leads the league in offensive boards with 4.7 and Sabonis gets 2.5. Atlanta is No. 4 in scores off rebounds with 14.2 points per game while the Pacers are 14th with 13.0 points per night on stick backs.
Winner: Hawks 114, Pacers (+6) 110