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Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/24/14 Game Three

Indiana Pacers (56-26) at Atlanta Hawks (38-44)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks +2 -- Over/Under: 186 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, TSOH, NBATV

The Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks will play game three on Thursday night. The Pacers tied the series up with a game two victory on Tuesday, 108-85.

The Pacers bounced back in game two by playing the way we’re used to seeing them play. The Pacers shot 52.9 percent from the field and held the Hawks to just 39.2 percent shooting and 13 turnovers. There’s doubt of how long this type of performance will last, but the Pacers have to be gladded somebody other than Paul George was scoring, as Luis Scola gave Indiana 20 points off the bench. Seven of the last eight Pacers’ victories have come when they’ve held their opponent under 100 points. The Indiana Pacers are 39-44-1 AST overall and 17-24 ATS on the road.

Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/24/14 Game Three

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The Hawks have to be happy by stealing home court, but can’t be thrilled with their game two performance. The Hawks lost the defensive rebound battle 30-21 and were outscored in the third quarter, 13-31. The Hawks have also now lost eight of their last nine games when allowing 100-plus points. The Hawks are also allowing teams to shoot 47.5 percent from the field in their last five games. Kyle Kover, who is the Hawks X-factor, is shooting just 30.8 percent from three and averaging 6.5 points in his last four performances. The Atlanta Hawks are 39-44-1 ATS overall and 21-19 ATS at home.

The Pacers are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pacers are 4-12 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Atlanta, while the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

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Can we really trust the Pacers in this spot? Who knows. However, I'm willing to take a walk on the wild side and take the Pacers and the chalk. It's no secret Indiana is the much better team, and if the Pacers play to their level of ability, they should pick up a win in game three. 

Just be careful. 

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