Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers
Tip off: 7:05 PM EST
Spread: IND -7
M/L: IND -310, ATL +260
Betting Odds from Bookmaker
I guess you could say the Hawks are the red headed step child of the East. Despite being seven games above .500 and having defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, arguably the best team in the league, no one is really taking the Hawks seriously, and the reason maybe they should be is because the Hawks have been doing this without Al Horford and recently, Joe Johnson.
The Hawks were able to hold off the Thunder Saturday night despite Kevin Durant lighting the Hawks up for 35. Josh Smith scored 30 on 10 of 22 shooting. If the Hawks can beat teams like the Thunder without Johnson and Horford, might they be able to beat the best teams in the East and surprise everyone in the Playoffs? I think it’s possible.
Hawks Betting Trends:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of ATL’s last 7 and it has also gone UNDER in 7 of their last 8 on the road. The Hawks are 1-4 SU In their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 on the road.
The Pacers are in a situation similar to the Hawks. They’re ten games above .500 at 23-13, but just got blown out by the Bulls by 20. The Pacers have struggled against top shelf opposition, and still seem to be a piece or two away from being serious contenders.
The entire Indiana starting five averages double figures, behind Danny Granger’s 18.1 points per game. Roy Hibbert has become an All-Star and is nearly averaging a double double (13.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg). Darren Collison is continuing to become a better starting point guard, while Paul George is become an elite defender. Free agent signee David West has been a bit of a disappointment statistically, but his leadership has come in handy and he should be a key fixture in the Pacers’ playoff run.
Pacers Betting Trends:
Indiana is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games and the total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 9 games. The Pacers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games and they are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 at home.