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Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana Pacers (22-12) at Atlanta Hawks (9-23)
Date & Time Wednesday December 26, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +8 -- Over/Under: 217.5
TV Channel
FSSE, FSIN
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The Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Indiana Pacers look for another victory after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 106.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 100.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 20.2 points and 5.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 16.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. Domantas Sabonis is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have split their last six road games.

The Atlanta Hawks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 108.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 117.9 points on 47 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 18.5 points and 9.9 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.2 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have split their last six home games.

The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 38-18-1 ATS in the last 57 meetings. The under is 43-20 in Pacers last 63 overall. The under is 5-2 in Hawks last 7 overall.

The Atlanta Hawks have been able to find some wins recently, including three straight victories, but I'm not ready to jump on the bandwagon after a few wins against losing teams. The Indiana Pacers have been one of the hotter teams in the league, which includes eight covers in their last 10 contests, and they're allowing under 42 percent shooting in their last five games. The Pacers have also beat up on the Hawks in recent meetings and have covered five of their last seven. I'll take the Pacers by double digits.

Pick:
Indiana Pacers -8

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