Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks (11-24) at Indiana Pacers (24-12)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

The Indiana Pacers play host to the Atlanta Hawks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday afternoon.

The Atlanta Hawks have been in season-best form as they’ve won five of their last six games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Cavaliers in a 111-108 home win on Saturday. Trae Young led the team with 21 points and nine assists, Vince Carter provided the spark off the bench with 21 points on seven of 11 shooting while John Collins chipped in with 14 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. As a team, the Hawks shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 37 from the 3-point line as they escaped with the narrow win after leading by as many as 12 points late in the third quarter. With the win, Atlanta improved to 11-24 overall and 6-10 at home.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in great form as they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after blowing past the Pistons in a 125-88 home win on Friday. Darren Collison led the team with 19 points and seven assists, Domantas Sabonis added 19 points off the bench while Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young each scored 17 points. As a team, the Pacers shot a ridiculous 60 percent from the field and five of 19 from the 3-point line as they jumped out to an early double digit lead before running away with it in the second half where they outscored the Pistons by 67-43. With the win, Indiana improved to 24-12 overall and 13-5 at home.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a win, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four Monday games. The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings, the Hawks are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Indiana and the Hawks are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.

These two teams last met on Thursday and it was the Pacers who escaped with a 129-121 win at Atlanta behind 21 points from Young. The Hawks will be looking for revenge and you have to give them some credit as they’ve actually been playing some of their best basketball of the season, but the Pacers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and I expect that trend to continue as they should again be too good here.

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Peter’s Pick Indiana -11.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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