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NBA betting line favors Hawks over Pacers

Indiana PacersAtlanta Hawks
Dec 29, 7:00 PM | Philips Arena

Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks Odds

17-12TEAM RECORD18-9

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Indiana when they hit take on the Hawks on Saturday in pro hoops betting action.

Atlanta will face the 17-12 Pacers, who own a 16-13 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Hawks are 13-13-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Pacers are 13-16 favoring the OVER.

View Indiana vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Pacers were listed as 4-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 184 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 13-rated Hawks and the No. 8-rated Pacers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 96-95 win for the Hawks on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 12-ranked offense (97.3 PPG) against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 1 at 89.9 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 45.2% from the field per game, more than the Pacers have managed so far this season (42.6% on average).

Defensively, the Pacers feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, giving up 90.1 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Indiana, they were a 97-91 winner as they battled the Suns at home. The Pacers failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite, while 188 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Pacers grabbed a 97-91 win over the Suns on Friday, behind a 22-point effort from George Hill at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Atlanta was a 102-94 winner in its last match on the road against the Cavaliers. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 196 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Atlanta got 27 points from Jeff Teague en route to a 102-94 victory over Cleveland on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Pacers at Hawks trends to consider:
Indiana is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Indiana is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Indiana's last 9 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
Atlanta is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
Atlanta is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games

Next up:
Indiana home to Memphis, Monday, December 31
Atlanta at Houston, Monday, December 31