The Indiana Pacers (33-25) will be at home in Bankers Life Fieldhouse when they meet the Atlanta Hawks (18-41). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 23, 2018, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers ATS Preview
The Hawks were beaten by the Detroit Pistons in their last outing, 104-98. Atlanta’s John Collins had a solid performance, contributing 11 points and 10 rebounds. Detroit did a terrific job of making free throws (21-25; 84.0 percent). Atlanta, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (10.2 vs. 14.5).
In the Pacers’ last game, they topped the Brooklyn Nets, 108-103. Indiana’s Cory Joseph had a good outing, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Indiana dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurdly low turnover percentage of 7.3 (better than their season average of 12.0) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0 (above their season average of 21.7). Brooklyn put up marks of 12.1 and 19.6, respectively, for those same stats.
The productive offense of Indiana will go head-to-head against the mid-tier defense of Atlanta. The Pacers rank sixth in offensive efficiency, while the Hawks are 24th in defensive efficiency. The Pacers should have the edge on that end of the court.
Of Atlanta’s 59 games, 31 have finished under the O/U total, while 32 of Indiana’s 58 games have finished under the projected point total. The Pacers have the better straight up (SU) record (33-25 vs. 18-41), but both teams are close to the .500 mark against the spread (ATS).
Bojan Bogdanovic has really been playing well over the last five games for Indiana, averaging 19.8 points per game.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to put up 200 points in that game, which was under the projected point total of 213. The Pacers won 105-95, covering as 5-point favorites. The Pacers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 9.1 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.530. The Hawks put up marks of 12.6 and 0.481, respectively, for those same stats. Myles Turner was a standout player in the game, producing 20 points and six rebounds.
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Pacers, ATS Winner – Pacers, O/U – Under
- The Pacers average 17.9 points off turnovers per game, which ranks fifth in the league. The Hawks rank 21st in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.2).
- Indiana ranks 16th in blocks allowed per game (4.9) while Atlanta ranks 26th (5.3).
- Indiana ranks 13th in points in the paint per game (44.6) while Atlanta ranks 27th (40.3).
- Indiana ranks 22nd in rebounds per game (41.9) while Atlanta ranks 26th (40.9).
- On the road, Atlanta is 15-12-2 ATS with 17 unders and 12 overs.
- Indiana is 17-14 ATS at home with 17 unders, 13 overs and 1 push.
- Indiana is 18-2 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Atlanta is 9-4.
- In games where they reach the century mark, the Hawks are 16-23 and the Pacers are 28-12.
- The Hawks average 23.9 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. The Pacers rank 18th in assists allowed per game (23.2).
- Indiana ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (6.9) while Atlanta ranks 27th (8.4).
- The Pacers rank third in fast break points per game (15.0) while the Hawks rank 24th (9.6). The Hawks rank 16th in second chance points per game (12.6) while the Pacers rank 21st in second chance points allowed per game (13.1).
- Atlanta averages 30.0 three pointers per game, which ranks 10th in the league. Indiana ranks 26th in three pointers allowed per game (30.8).
- Indiana is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Atlanta is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Pacers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.6, up from 1.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 102.6 points per game (1.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.8 points per game (0.0 above their season average).