Indiana Pacers (17-14) at Atlanta Hawks (7-23)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +4 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.
The Indiana Pacers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 108.3 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 24.9 points and 3.9 assists while Myles Turner is averaging 14.1 points and seven rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Thaddeus Young is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won five of their last seven road games.
The Atlanta Hawks could use a win here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.8 points and 6.6 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 13.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost four of their last six home games.
The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 22-8 ATS in their last 30 vs. Eastern Conference and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The favorite is 35-16-1 ATS in the last 52 meetings, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Atlanta Hawks are simply not a good basketball team to put it kindly, and they're just 1-5 ATS this season when an underdog by less than five points. Even with that brutal loss to the OKC Thunder, the Pacers have been a covering machine this season and have had great success on the road especially. Simply put: We're getting the much better and more consistent team with a reasonable line. There's no reason for the Hawks to be this small of an underdog, as there's a decent sized gap from the way both teams are playing right now. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Pacers.