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

Atlanta Hawks (11-24) at Indiana Pacers (24-12)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Indiana Pacers -12 -- Over/Under: 221.5
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The Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers meet Monday in NBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

The Atlanta Hawks look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 109.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 118 points on 47.2 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 18.5 points and 10.1 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.6 points and 7.4 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.3 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won their last three road games.

The Indiana Pacers look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 107.3 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 100.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 19.5 points and 5.4 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 16.3 points and 3.9 rebounds. Domantas Sabonis is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Hawks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Monday games. The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 15-5 ATS in their last 20 Monday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Indiana and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 13-3 in Pacers last 16 overall. The under is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.

Don't look now, but the Atlanta Hawks are actually playing some decent ball lately thanks to an improved offense that's shooting 45.6 percent from the field in their last five games. The Indiana Pacers are head and shoulders the better team overall, but they're also just 1-3 ATS this season as a double-digit favorite. The Hawks have also hung around with the Pacers twice this season, losing by a combined 16 points in two games. This is a weird start time for an NBA game, which could also lead to some sluggish play. I'll take a chance with the Hawks and the points. 

Atlanta Hawks +12

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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