Pacers vs Hawks: Preview, Odds and Gameplay

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The Pacers (23-45) are playing the first of two road games starting with their annual visit to San Antonio to face the Hawks (32-34).

Atlanta enters the game 4-4 since the All-Star Break and 3-3 in March, ranking 9th and 26th respectively offensively and defensively in that span (Per Cleaning the Glass). Trae Young is averaging 27 points per game on good shooting efficiency (58.4% true shooting), while powering Atlanta’s offense, as Kevin Huerter, Danilo Gallinari and De’Andre Hunter all put in places hot scoring streaks as secondary options alongside Young. .

The Pacers haven’t beaten Atlanta this season, including a 21-point loss on Feb. 8.

However, the Pacers come in with their own 11th-ranked offense in March, a 3-game flash opposition scoring 119 or more points, averaging the third-most points in the NBA over that span.

The 1-2 record over those 3 games points to the reason for the pessimism of a Pacers win; ranking 25th in defensive rating and allowing 3rd most points in the paint is a recipe for disaster against uhhh….. anyone who can consistently generate paint dabs can carve the team by forcing the assist

Young is averaging 27 points per game (above his career average) against the Pacers and I would expect him to eclipse tonight given the trend of both teams. But, if the Pacers’ offense can play out the way they’ve proven capable of in recent weeks, they look a lot more ripe to upset the Hawks than in previous games.

The likelihood of the defense finding some sort of foothold is what makes the Pacers 12-point underdogs, according to DraftKings.

DraftKings Odds: Hawks -12, O/U 237 (latest DraftKings odds here)

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

When: State Agricultural Area, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Bally Sports Indiana

Radio: 93.5FM/107.5FM

Planned starting lineups:

Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Chris Duarte, Oshae Brissett, Isaiah Jackson

Falcons: Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, De’Andre Hunter, Danilo Gallinari, Clint Capella

Injury update:

IND: Goga Bitadze – questionable (sore right foot), Chris Duarte – questionable (sore left toe), Lance Stephenson – questionable (left ankle sprain), Malcolm Brogdon – out (concussion), TJ McConnell – out (ligament surgery right wrist), Ricky Rubio – out (torn left ACL), Myles Turner – out (left foot stress reaction), TJ Warren – out (left navicular fracture)

ATL: John Collins – out (sprained right ring finger/sprained right foot), Jalen Johnson – out (G League assignment)

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