Atlanta Hawks Travel to Indiana to Face the Pacers
The Atlanta Hawks have a narrow lead over the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference. In order to keep ahold of their lead, they need to continue to win games.
The season isn’t over yet, so they’ll need to keep fighting to earn their spot in the playoffs. They’ll face a tough test when they head to Indiana to face the Pacers. Last time, the Pacers nearly came away with a victory.
The Indiana Pacers were eliminated from playoff contention a few games ago. However, this won’t stop them from trying to win as many games as possible.
The Hawks are an Eastern Conference rival, so this game means a lot to them. If they can slow down Trae Young, the Pacers could walk away with a win. Let’s see if we can pick the best team to win and cover.
Game Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers, March 28
The Atlanta Hawks have the seventh-best offense in the NBA, averaging 112.99 points per game. With the playoffs on the horizon, they need as many wins as they can. Leaning on their offense is their best bet in this one.
Their defense hasn’t been complimentary this season, allowing 112.11 points per game. Stopping Buddy Hield will be vital to their chances in this one.
The Pacers will look to do the same to Trae Young, who leads the Hawks in scoring. Young averages 28.1 points per game, along with 9.5 assists. In a recent game against the New York Knicks, Young put up 45 points.
If the Pacers can’t stop Trae Young, they’ll definitely lose this game. With Brogdon ruled out, their chances of slowing down Young have dropped dramatically.
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers Betting Prediction
As we mentioned, the last game between these two teams was rather close. The Hawks, of course, came in as a heavy favorite at -12.5. These offenses battled it out, and the Hawks came out of it on top, 131-128.
However, the Hawks failed to cover the spread because of their lackluster defense. It’s likely that a similar outcome will happen in this game against the Pacers.
The Indiana Pacers have claimed big wins over the Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs. The key here is how heavy of underdogs they’ll be. If the margin is set at 12.5 again, we’d take the Pacers to cover.
However, if the margin is set at ten and below, we’d go with the Atlanta Hawks. Even a small change in the spread could be enough to allow the Pacers to cover.
In their last three games against each other, the total has gone over. Due to this, we’d recommend taking the over in this game. Both defenses are among the worst in the NBA, so the over is a much better pick than the under.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.