Pacers vs. Hawks - 12/8/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (13-6) at Indiana Pacers (7-13)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers play Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Atlanta Hawks are playing their best ball of the season with six straight wins and will play their third road game of the month. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Jeff Teague leads Atlanta with 17.8 points and 7.1 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.7 points and eight rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game and Kyle Korver is 5-11 from deep in his last two games. The Atlanta Hawks have been one of the better offensive teams in the league but it’s their offense that’s made the difference during this stretch. The Hawks are allowing 42.5 percent shooting in their last five games and have won eight straight games when allowing less than 100 points. The Atlanta Hawks are quietly becoming a contender in the East.
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The Indiana Pacers have lost four straight but are as healthy as they’ve been all year. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 93.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting and are allowing 96.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. David West leads Indiana with 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds while Rodney Stuckey is averaging 12.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Roy Hibbert is grabbing 7.9 rebounds per game and Donald Sloan is averaging five assists per game. The Indiana Pacers are still trying to figure things out offensively but at least have another scoring option and physical presence with the return of West. However, the Pacers are shooting just 41.5 percent from the field and 27.4 percent from deep in their last five games.
The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Pacers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Pacers should start playing a lot better with some of their weapons back on the court. The Hawks are playing their best but coming off a back-to-back, I like the Pacers and the small chalk at home.