Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 5/3/14
Atlanta Hawks (38-44) at Indiana Pacers (56-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks collide in Game 7 on Saturday from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Head to head, the Hawks are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Indiana while the underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and road team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The Pacers are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games, 5-21 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. win and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Hawks on the other hand 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Three Game 7's on one day, is this an NBA fans dream? I think so. The Game 7 we are going to look at is obviously the top seeded Indiana Pacers hosting the eighth placed Atlanta Hawks to see moves onto the second round to face the Washington Wizards. I'll admit, I didn't really know who was going to win Game 6, but it was the Pacers who were victorious in their second straight game in Atlanta, escaping with a 95-88 victory. While that scoreline would suggest Indiana controlled the last quarter, they were actually down by five points with just three minutes remaining. However, Paul George and David West would ensure the team with the best record in the East this season would be eliminated by a team that won just 38 games and are missing their best player in Al Horford.
While I could see a scenario where the Pacers win this by near on double-digits, I don't see it happening. The Hawks should have all the confidence in the world knowing they have won three of their last four in Indiana by an average of 12 points per contest. All the against the spread trends are in their favor and let's not forget that all the pressure is on the Pacers in this one. If the Hawks get hot from behind the arc early, Indiana and their fans will start to get really restless knowing their season is on the line tonight, even though deep down this team is going to lose to the Washington Wizards in the next round anyway.
I'm not sure who comes away victorious today, but I feel pretty good taking the points knowing that the Hawks have played very well in Indiana this season, minus Game 2...
Dan’s Pick: Atlanta +5.5
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