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Pacers take on Hawks in hoops contest

Indiana PacersAtlanta Hawks
28-6January 08, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena18-17

Atlanta looks to cover the Hawks-Pacers pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 18-17 mark when they host Indiana in NBA action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Hawks are 18-17 so far on the season, and 19-16 ATS vs. the number. The Pacers, meanwhile, are 28-6 and 23-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Atlanta go 20-14-1 and the Pacers go 12-22 on the totals.

View Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Hawks in this one found them as 6-point underdogs earlier at Bovada, while the total had been sitting in the area of 188.5 at Bovada.

The Hawks sit at No. 7 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Pacers are at No. 1 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pacers will win this game 98-91.

Last time out for Indiana, they were an 86-79 winner as they battled the Raptors at home. The Pacers failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 165 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Pacers got 22 points from Roy Hibbert as Indiana ran past Toronto 86-79 on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Hawks were a 91-86 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nets. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (177) made winners of UNDER bettors. Atlanta suffered a 91-86 loss against Brooklyn on Monday, getting 16 points from Jeff Teague in a losing effort at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 13-ranked offense (102.11 PPG) against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 1 at 88.32 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 45.94% from the field per game, more than the Pacers have managed so far this season (45.5% on average).

Next up:
Indiana home to Washington, Friday, January 10th
Atlanta home to Houston, Friday, January 10th