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Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 4/22/14

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


The Indiana Pacers will be looking to level the series tonight when they play the Altanta Hawks in Game 2.

After starting the regular season red-hot, the Pacers really stumbled down the stretch and even though they eventually finished with the top seed in the East, they certainly didn't play like the top dogs in Game 1 on Saturday. Paul George shot just six of 18 from the field but still contributed with 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals while Lance Stephenson added 19 points, but as a team the Pacers shot just 42 percent from the field. In fact, Indiana shot just five of 19 from the field in a decisive 30-16 third quarter which had them in a hole that their defense just couldn't dig them out of.

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 4/22/14


Meanwhile, most people including myself had the Hawks' season done and dusted after they lost Al Horford for the season, but to their credit they've been able to sneak into the playoffs and earn themselves a 101-93 road win against the Pacers. Paul Millsap had himself a big night of 25 points against the Pacers' bigs but the Hawks' offense was heavily reliant on Jeff Teague who delivered big time, scoring 20 of his game-high 28 points on drives to the basket. Of course, there was a bit of a sense that the Pacers were shooting themselves in the foot with poor shot selections but the Hawks' defense deserves plenty of credit, especially given how undersized they were.

In ATS trends, the Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last five games following a win and 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, while the Pacers are 15-35-1 A TS in their last 51 games overall and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games.

Head to head, the Hawks are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Over is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Indiana.

Without even looking at the spread, my initial thought is to take the Pacers to win Game 2 and level the series before hitting the road, but I can't resist taking the Hawks with the points here, not after what I've seen.

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