Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/14 Game Two
Atlanta Hawks (38-44) at Indiana Pacers (56-26)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -7 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, TNT
The Indiana Pacers look to bounce back in game two of the NBA playoffs after being embarrassed by the Atlanta Hawks in game one.
The Hawks have now won five of their last six games dating back to the regular season. The Hawks are a team that is playing with amazing confidence and is shooting 46.4 percent from the field in their last five games. The Hawks have also beaten the Pacers three of the last five times they’ve played in 2014. Jeff Teague, who scored 28 points in game one, is shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three in his last five games. The Atlanta Hawks are 39-43-1 ATS overall and 18-23-1 ATS on the road.
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In game one, the Pacers were outscored 30-16 in the third quarter and have now lost four of their last seven games dating back to the regular season. Incredibly, the Pacers are shooting 47.1 percent from three in their last five games, but Roy Hibbert is shooting just 21.9 percent from the field during that stretch. What’s really killing the Pacers are their turnovers, as they’re averaging 15 turnovers in their last five contests. The Pacers have lost four of their last five games when allowing 100-plus points and are 38-44-1 ATS overall and 21-20-1 ATS at home.
The Hawks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-21 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest. The Pacers are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games. The Hawks are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, while the favorite is 25-10-1 ATS in the last 36 meetings.
I still don't have a great feel on either of these teams, as it still feels like it's only a matter of time before the light comes on for the Pacers. However, I'll be damned if I'm going to lay the chalk with a team that continues to act like it forgot how to play basketball over the last month.
Give me the Hawks and the points.