NBA betting action continues on Sunday night from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the Indiana Pacers will host the Atlanta Hawks in a battle on the NBA betting odds. Don’t miss out on this one, which should be a great clash. The NBA television schedule shows this 1:00 ET tip happening on ABC.
Free Basketball Picks: Atlanta Hawks @ Indiana Pacers
Date: Sunday, April 21st, 1:00 ET
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -7
Hawks vs. Pacers Live TV: ABC
We know that the series history between the Hawks and the Pacers has been awfully tight over the course of the last several years, and home teams have won just a slew of the games that these two have played against each other. Atlanta only has six wins on the road here in Indianapolis over the course of its last 20 tries, and that dates all the way back to the 2002 season. However, we really don’t think that these two teams are all that far apart from one another. The Pacers do probably get better guard play, and they most certainly play better defense than the Hawks do, but Atlanta is going to have the two best players on the court as we see it in F Josh Smith and C Al Horford. These two are complete players that can do it all, and they are going to be forces to be reckoned with. As this series wears on, it is very possible that the Indiana defense is going to wear down the Hawks’ offense. That being said, early on in this one, we really want to see the Pacers get back in control of their own game. They dropped their last six games of the regular season from an ATS standpoint, and they ultimately found a way to lose five of those six games SU. Other teams playing poorly at the end of the year doesn’t bother us all that much. But for an Indiana team that is young, doesn’t have the man that has arguably been its best pure scorer since G Reggie Miller retired all those years ago, and is playing against a team that has played nearly 50 playoff games over the course of the last five seasons? We definitely have some cause for concern, especially laying seven points. We want all of those points on our side in what could be a Game 1 upset on Sunday afternoon.
Hawks @ Pacers Game 1 Pick: Atlanta Hawks +7
Hawks @ Pacers Game 1 Prediction: Atlanta 97 – Indiana 92