NBA Betting Preview: Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers- May 3rd, 2014

The Atlanta Hawks have pushed the Indiana Pacers to the brink. At least to some extent they did, even though it took a big Game 6 win in order for them to force this Game 7 back on their home floor. The good news for Indiana is that they won’t be without Paul George in this game, who some said may end up being suspended for “leaving the bench” (sort of) during a scuffle in the game. He’ll be playing, and the Pacers get this game at home as previously mentioned, where they are 35-6 this season. They’ve struggled as of late, and not many expected to see this series even go to seven games, but the Pacers haven’t been themselves, and the Hawks have been playing excellent basketball.

The Hawks have been led by Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague, and even though they were just 38-44 during the regular season this year, they’ve pushed this Pacers team, and really looked like they may have taken the series back on their home floor in Game 6. The Hawks actually allow more points than they score per game, giving up 101.5 per game and scoring 101 per game, but it hasn’t mattered, and neither has the fact that they are just 14-27 away from home this season, because they just have to win one big game.

The Pacers on the other side are hoping that their home court advantage is going to come into play, and they’re also hoping that the tough stretch for the is coming to an end and hopefully they can get back to playing championship-style basketball. The Pacers ended the season with a strong 56-26 record, but their record away from home wasn’t great at just 21-20. Their strength, and what will be key tonight is their defense, as they allow only 92.3 points per game, and they’ll need to make sure that defense is ready tonight.

Pacers’ Home Floor and Defense

That home record, and the fact that the Pacers play such strong defense is really intimidating. The Pacers have a ton of talent, and while the Hawks are a talented team as well, they’re going to have a tough time against an Indiana defense that I can bet will be ready tonight.


The Pacers are favored in this one by about six points on most sportsbooks, and that’s about the line I expected. They do have a home court advantage, and I don’t think they let this one slip away. They’ll come out strong and finish strong, and I’m going to take the Pacers -6.

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