Pacers vs. Hawks Prediction
Will the Atlanta Hawks be able to pull off another upset tonight when they welcome the Indiana Pacers to town at 7:30PM ET?
571 Indiana Pacers vs. 572 Atlanta Hawks
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
7:30PM ET – State Farm Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pacers are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -8 points against the Hawks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 217 points. The public betting for this game currently has 64 percent going on the Pacers on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pacers bouncing back
Indiana is coming off a 105-89 win over Washington on Sunday for its second straight win. The Pacers have also covered in three straight games. The Pacers are 22-12 on the season, 10-7 on the road, 19-15 against the spread and 22-12 with the under.
Indiana has the league’s top defense right now, allowing a league-low 100.6 points per game while opponents shoot just 43.5 percent from the field. On offense, Indiana is putting up only 106.1 points per game despite shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from the arc. Tyreke Evans is questionable to play today with a knee injury. He has been averaging 10.2 points per game. Victor Oladipo leads the team with 20.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game while Domantas Sabonis adds 14.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest.
Hawks on rare win streak
Don’t look now, but the Atlanta Hawks are on a three-game win streak following a 98-95 victory at Detroit on Sunday. They have also covered in three straight and five of their last seven. The Hawks are now 9-23 on the season, 5-9 at home, 14-18 against the spread and 17-15 with the over.
The Hawks are improving on offense, now averaging 108.7 points per game despite shooting just 32.6 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Hawks are giving up 117.9 points per game while opponents shoot 37.5 percent from 3-point land. Injuries have been an issue as of late, with Miles Plumlee, Omari Spellman and Taurean Prince all out until the new year. Forward John Collins and guard Tyler Dorsey are also questionable. Collins has been the leader this year with 18.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Rookie Trae Young is adding 15.4 points and 7.2 assists per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pacers have covered the spread in four straight road games and in seven of their last nine conference games.
The Hawks are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a win but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Atlanta has been on a nice little run lately, but the injuries are likely to catch up to them today against this Indiana team. The Pacers have been the hottest team in the league, with just one little slip up against Cleveland in an 11-game stretch of strong showings. The Pacers are going to slow down this Atlanta team and that won’t help the Hawks, who don’t shoot the ball particularly well and don’t defend well. Indiana should be able to beat up on this short-handed team and lock the Hawks down on defense.
NBA Prediction: Indiana Pacers -8