The NBA is set up with a solid night of action throughout April 18. Eight games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these matchups will be between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
The Pacers have earned a record of 26-29 throughout this season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. Indiana is one game behind the Hornets and will look to catch them with an important win in this one. The Pacers are coming off a loss in their last game, but have won four of their last six. Indiana will look for a fast start in this one.
Atlanta has posted a record of 30-26 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are half a game ahead of the sixth seed and will look to hold that lead. Atlanta lost their last game, but have won seven of their last nine. The Hawks will look for a quick start in this one.
These two teams are sitting in playoff spots to this point in the season, which should lead to an exciting matchup on Sunday night. The Pacers and the Hawks are both looking to improve their place in the standings in this one. If either team can come out with a strong start on Sunday afternoon, it could be enough to earn a win in this one.
Indiana and Atlanta met up twice throughout last season. The Pacers hosted the first game on November 29. Trae Young finished with 49 points, while DeAndre Bembry and Alex Len both scored 15 points off the bench. Jeremy Lamb earned 20 points on the night. Indiana’s starting lineup combined for 86 points as the Pacers won 105-104 in overtime.
The second game of the season series shifted to Atlanta on December 13. Trae Young earned 23 points, while De’Andre Hunter dropped 21 points. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 19 points and 12 assists. T.J. Warren put up 18 points as well. The Pacers starting lineup scored 71 points as Indiana earned a 110-100 win on the road.
Atlanta hosted the first game of this season’s series on February 13. Clint Capela dropped 24 points and 10 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points off the bench, but the Hawks still came up short. Doug McDermott put up 26 points, while Myles Turner scored 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Pacers were able to hold on for a 125-113 win on the road.
The Pacers have won six in a row against Atlanta and ten of their last twelve. The Hawks have struggled against Indiana through the last few seasons and will look to break through in this one. Atlanta will need some depth players to step up in this one and slow down the Pacers in the paint. If the Hawks can put together a more complete performance, they could win this one.
Field Goal Shooting
Indiana has been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. The Pacers have made around 47.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 11th in the NBA. Indiana has been shooting 36.1 percent from behind the arc, which is 16th in the league. The Pacers have drained 79 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 10th in the NBA.
The Hawks have been solid shooting so far this season as well. Atlanta has shot 46.4 percent from the field, which is 18th in the league. The Hawks have made 37.4 percent of their shots from deep, which is 11th in the NBA. Atlanta has sunk 81.2 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 5th in the league this season.
The Pacers have been slightly stronger shooting from the field this season, but Atlanta has been better on defense. The Hawks have held opposing teams to a 46.1 percent shooting percentage, which is 11th in the NBA. Indiana has allowed their opponents to make 47.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 21st in the league.
Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis has been the leaders for Indiana throughout this season. Brogdon has averaged 21 points per game. Sabonis is averaging 20 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Caris LeVert has averaged 18.5 points per game. Justin Holiday and Jeremy Lamb are both averaging 10.5 points per game.
Trae Young has been great for the Hawks so far this season. Young is averaging 25 points and 9.5 assists per game. Clint Capela has averaged 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Bogdan Bogdanovic is averaging 14 points per game. Kevin Huerter has averaged 12 points, while Lou Williams is averaging 11.5 points per game off the bench with Atlanta.
These two teams have deep teams this season. The Pacers could have Myles Turner and Doug McDermott return in this one. Both players have averaged around 13 points per game. Atlanta is without John Collins, De’Andre Hunter, Danilo Gallinari and Cam Reddish. The Hawks will need some players to step up in this one if they want to earn a win in this one.
The Pacers have had Atlanta’s number over the last few seasons, but the Hawks have been the better team this season. I think that Atlanta can earn a big win at home in this one. The Hawks have had a solid spread of scoring this season and I think their defense can slow down Indiana. If Atlanta can come out strong on Sunday afternoon, I think they will win this one.
BetOnline has the Hawks listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Atlanta at home. I think that this line is about right with how the Hawks have played this season. Atlanta has been hot as of late and I think they will finally break through against the Pacers. I like the Hawks to cover this spread at home.