Pacers try to close out the Hawks
The Indiana Pacers will get a chance to bounce the Atlanta Hawks from the playoffs on Friday night as those teams meet in Game 6 of their best-of-seven first-round series in NBA betting action.
The Pacers rolled to a 106-83 win over the Hawks as a 7-point favorite at home in Game 5 of the series on Wednesday night, with David West scoring 24 points and Paul George adding 21 points for Indiana. Al Horford had 14 points for the Hawks.
Atlanta battles the Pacers, currently with a 49-32 mark (42-39 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 42-39-1 for the Hawks and 39-42 for the Pacers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks sit at No. 19 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Pacers are at No. 2 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pacers will win this game 99-96.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 98 PPG, against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 2 at 90.7 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 46.4% so far, more than the Pacers shooters have achieved on the year, 43.6% per game.
Defensively, the Pacers feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, giving up 91.6 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.
Atlanta lost its last outing, a 106-83 result against the Pacers on May 1. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a 7-point underdog, while the 189 combined points took the game OVER the total. Atlanta was run off the court by the Pacers on Wednesday as Indiana blasted them 106-83 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few Pacers at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Indiana's last 8 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games
Indiana is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 10 games at home
Indiana home to Atlanta, Sunday, May 5
Atlanta at Indiana, Sunday, May 5