Hawks and Pacers all square for Game 5
The Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers will break a 2-2 series deadlock on Wednesday night as those two teams meet in Game 5 of their best-of-seven first-round NBA betting series in Indiana.
The Hawks evened the series at 2-2 with a 102-91 home win as a 1.5-point favorite on the NBA odds in Game 4 of the set on Monday night. Josh Smith scored 29 points for Atlanta in that victory, with Paul George tossing in 21 points for the Pacers.
This season the Pacers are 49-32 overall and 42-39 ATS against the number, while the Hawks are 44-38 and 37-43-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Indiana is 39-42 on the OU, and Atlanta is 42-39-1.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Pacers as 6.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 188, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Pacers) and the No. 19 (Hawks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 99-96 result in favor of the Pacers is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 23-ranked offense (94.7 PPG) against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 13 at 97.5 PPG. The Pacers have averaged 43.6% from the field per game, less than the Hawks have managed so far this season (46.4% on average).
Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.8 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.
The Pacers were a 102-91 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Hawks. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (193) made winners of OVER bettors. Paul George scored 21 points and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 102-91 against Atlanta in NBA action at Philips Arena.
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few Hawks at Pacers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games at home
Indiana is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta home to Indiana, Friday, May 3
Indiana at Atlanta, Friday, May 3