Pacers take 2-0 series lead to Atlanta
The Indiana Pacers can take a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round NBA betting series against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night as those teams hit the floor at Philips Arena.
The Pacers are coming off a 113-98 win over the Hawks as home favorites on the NBA odds in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday night, getting 27 points from Paul George in that contest. Devin Harris was good for 17 points in that loss for Atlanta.
The Hawks bring a 44-38 record (37-43-2 ATS) to the battle against the 49-32 Pacers, who are 42-39 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Atlanta go 42-39-1 so far and the Pacers go 39-42. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 19-rated Hawks and the No. 2-rated Pacers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 99-96 win for the Pacers on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 14-ranked offense (98 PPG) against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 2 at 90.7 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 46.4% from the field per game, more than the Pacers have managed so far this season (43.6% on average).
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.
In their last action, Atlanta was a 113-98 loser on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (211) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Devin Harris scored 17 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 113-98 to Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday).
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
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 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Indiana is 4-2 SU in its 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 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games at home
Indiana at Atlanta, Monday, April 29
Atlanta home to Indiana, Monday, April 29