Hawks vs. Pacers Prediction
Will the Indiana Pacers continue their hot streak when they host the Atlanta Hawks today at 3PM ET in NBA play?
561 Atlanta Hawks vs. 562 Indiana Pacers
Monday, December 31, 2018
3PM ET – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pacers are the clear favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -12 points against the Hawks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 220.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 57 percent going on the Pacers at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Hawks heating up
The Atlanta Hawks are on their biggest hot streak of the season. They have won five of their last six following a 111-108 win over the Cavs on Saturday. The Hawks are 11-24 overall, 5-14 on the road, 15-20 against the spread and 19-16 with the over.
Atlanta is now averaging 109.5 points per game on offense for the season and they are putting up 113.4 points per game over their last five. Defensively, the Hawks are giving up 118 points per game on the year, but allowing just 111.8 per game over their last five. John Collins is leading the team this season with 18.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while rookie Trae Young is adding 15.6 points and 7.4 assists per contest.
Pacers keep rolling
The Pacers are coming off a 125-88 win over the Pistons at home on Friday for their fourth straight win and 12th win in 14 games. Indiana has covered the spread in five straight as well. The Pacers are 24-12 on the season, 13-5 at home, 21-15 against the spread and 22-14 with the under.
Indiana has the league’s best defense, allowing just 100.9 points per game while holding opponents to 43.5 percent shooting. Offensively, the Pacers are putting up 107.3 points per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the field. Over their last five games, they are putting up 113.8 points per game. Victor Oladipo is leading the team with 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while Domantas Sabonis is adding 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Hawks are 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games following a win, but 2-5 ATS in their last seven against Central Division opponents.
Pacers are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games when playing on two days rest and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a win.
Both teams are coming in playing some of their best basketball. The Hawks lone loss in this recent streak was by eight points at home to the Pacers. They have managed their wins over teams that are below .500. Indiana is really locked in on defense, which should create problems for the Hawks. Atlanta doesn’t shoot the ball terribly well. The Indiana offense is heating up and I think they will be able to overwhelm this Atlanta team right from the start.
NBA Prediction: Indiana Pacers -12