Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers - 11/1/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (1-1) at Atlanta Hawks (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -10.5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-IN, SPSO
The Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks play Saturday night at the Philips Arena.
The Indiana Pacers fall to 1-1 on the season after losing a home game to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. The Pacers have played some sloppy basketball in their first two games with 17 or more turnovers and are desperate for consistent offense. Despite leading the Grizzlies at halftime, the Pacers were outscored 33-14 in the third quarter, which was the difference in the game. It’s not going to be easy to turn things around with Paul George, George Hill and David West still on the injury list until further notice. One player who has given the Pacers a spark is Chris Copeland, who has 27 points in the first two games and Donald Sloan, who has 28 points and 13 assists. The Indiana Pacers have held both of their opponents under 45 percent shooting but the lack of offense is going to make it very difficult to win games.
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The Atlanta Hawks lost their season opener Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors, 109-102. The Hawks loss has to be frustrating considering they shot 50 percent from the field and 59.1 percent from downtown. Al Horford looked solid in his first game back from injury with 12 points and 13 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver combined for 40 points, while Mike Scott dropped 20 points off the bench. The difference for the Hawks was their 17 turnovers and the fact they gave up 48 rebounds. Besides Horford and Paul Millsap, no other Alanta player had more than four rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks should be better on their home court but the careless play will have to improve against a defensive minded team such as the Pacers.
The Pacers are 8-19 ATS in their last 27 road games and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pacers are 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Atlanta.
Any time I can get double-digit points with a team that plays above-average defense, I'm on board. I'm not sure how the Pacers are going to score if the Hawks get hot, but Indiana's defense is good enough to keep this game close until the very end.