Check out our free Hawks vs Pacers pick and preview for this NBA game in Indianapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Hawks vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers
- Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- Date: Tuesday, December 27th
- Betting Odds IND -1, ATL -114 | IND -107 O/U OFF
So far, the Hawks have put together an overall record of 17-16, while going 13-19-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Atlanta is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Hawks took down the Pistons by a score of 130-105. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 10 point favorites. Although Atlanta trailed the Pistons going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Dejounte Murray, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 55.6% of his shots.
The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 17-17. So far, the team has gone 19-15-0 against the spread. Looking back on Pacers’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 2-1 while averaging 107 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 2-1.
Indiana is trying to bounce back from a 113-93 loss to the Pelicans. Going into this game, the team was 2 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Indiana struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 19 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Bennedict Mathurin, as he contributed 15 points while hitting 36.4% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In last year’s regular season, the two teams played games against each other, with the Hawks walking away a series win at 4-0. Atlanta finished with an above .500 record on the road in their head-to-head matchups. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Hawks averaged 127.5 points per game vs Indiana, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Pacers also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 118.5 points per game vs Atlanta. The Hawks have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 6 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 248 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 5-0.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Atlanta offense is the 12th ranked unit in the NBA, at 114.6 points per contest. So far, Atlanta is averaging 101.2 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the league in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 2nd in the league in made field goals per game.
Against the Pacers, the Hawks will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 21st in points allowed.
This season, the Hawks offense has primarily worked through Trae Young and Dejounte Murray who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 30 games, Young is 10th in the NBA at 27.5 points per game. So far, him and Murray have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 48.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Dejounte Murray is grabbing 5.3 rebounds for Atlanta to go along with 6.2 assists.
For the season, the Pacers offensive unit is ranked just 15th in scoring at 113.9 points per contest. For the season, the Pacers have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 11th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Although the team is playing at an up-tempo speed, they would benefit from scoring with more efficiency, as they are just 25th in the league in overall field goal percentage at 53.9%.
Against the Hawks, the Pacers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 26th in points allowed.
This season, the Pacers offense has primarily worked through Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 32 games, Haliburton is 48th in the NBA at 20.4 points per game. So far, him and Hield have accounted for 33% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 37.8 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Buddy Hield is grabbing 4.6 rebounds for Indiana to go along with 2.6 assists.
Hawks vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers -1
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF
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