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Pacers, Hawks open playoff series

Atlanta HawksIndiana Pacers
April 21, 1:00 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers Odds

44-38TEAM RECORD49-32

The Pacers will try to get the early jump on the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff battle. Indiana was favored as a 3-seed against the Hawks, who finished in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 37-43-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Pacers are 42-39 ATS. Atlanta is 42-39-1 against the total, while Indiana is 39-42 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at Bovada, the Pacers sat as 6-point favorites. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 184.5.

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.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Hawks rank No. 23 in the league with 40.9 per game. That compares with Indiana’s No. 1 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Indiana is the NBA’s No. 16-ranked team at 6.9 per game, while the Hawks rate No. 5 with 8.6 per contest.

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.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 98-92 loser as they battled the Knicks on the road. The Hawks failed to cover in the match as a 5-point underdog, while 190 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Mike Scott scored 23 points and added 14 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 98-92 against New York in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

In their last action, Indiana was a 105-95 loser at home against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (200) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Pacers got a terrific 34-point performance from Gerald Green but Philadelphia handed them a 105-95 defeat on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing New York are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Hawks at Pacers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Indiana, Wednesday, April 24
Indiana home to Atlanta, Wednesday, April 24