NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers
Tuesday, 2/5/13, 7:00 PM EST, TV: FSIN
Opening Point Spread: Indiana -5.5
Current Betting Line: Indiana -5.5
Opening Total: 180.5
Current Total: 183
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Atlanta has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a disappointing 93-76 loss to the Chicago Bulls as seven-point home favorites last Saturday night, while going UNDER the total for a second consecutive contest. The Hawks have four probable starters averaging in double figures, with Al Horford being second on the team in scoring 16.0 points per game, as he prepares to take on a challenging opponent. “We’ve played some good games against them,” stated Horford Monday. Atlanta is 0-7 ATS when playing on two days rest this season, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread Tuesday night.
The Hawks have gotten great offensive production out of forward Josh Smith in his last five games, as he’s averaged 21.2 points on 51.1 percent shooting over that span. Atlanta is 10-12 overall away from Phillips Arena, including a 5-8 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents. It’s important to note that tonight’s visitor has won four straight in this series overall, with Horford averaging 18.0 points in the first two meetings this year.
Indiana has followed up a three-game losing streak by winning three in a row, including a 111-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls as 5.5-point home favorites last night, while going OVER the total for the fourth time in five contests. The Pacers are averaging 104.4 points over their last five games, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page. “I’m proud of the way we’re growing on that end,” stated Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Indiana is 5-1 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points this season—winning each of those affairs in straight-up fashion.
The Pacers are a dominating 19-3 at home this season, including a 10-1 mark versus conference rivals. Indiana will try to nail down its first 15-game win streak in front of its home fans in 13 seasons. It has been all about dominating the glass recently for this squad, as it has out-rebounded its last five opponents by an average of 9.6 boards per game in that span.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 15-5 in the Hawks last 20 road games when the total is between 180 and 184.5
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