Hawks vs Pacers Prediction - NBA Picks 1/5/24

Indiana Pacers (19-15) vs Atlanta Hawks (14-19)

Game Info: Friday, January 5, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 261 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers collide at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday night. Here’s a Hawks vs Pacers Prediction.

Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have been in decent shape as they've split their last eight games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the Thunder in a 141-138 win on Wednesday. Jalen Johnson led the team with 28 points, seeven rebounds and four steals, Trae Young added 24 points with 11 assists while Dejounte Murray chipped in with 22 points and six assists. As a team, the Hawks shot 50 percent from the field and 14 of 39 from the 3-point line as they caught fire early and poured in 76 points in the first half to build a 21-point lead which proved to be just enough of a cushion to hold off a late charge from the Thunder.

Atlanta Hawks Player Facts

  • Trae Young ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for assists per game (11.3) this season.
  • Clint Capela ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (10.8) this season.

Indiana Pacers

Meanwile, the Indiana Pacers have caught fire again with five wins on the trot and they will be full of confidence after blowing past the Bucks in a 142-130 home win on Wednesday. Tyrese Haliburton led the team with 31 points and 12 assists on 10 of 20 shooting, Benedict Mathurin added 16 points off the bench while Bruce Brown and Myles Turner each scored 15 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 55 percent from the field and 14 of 35 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep the Bucks in check, until the Pacers exploded for 47 points in the third quarter to build an 18-point lead and put the game to bed early. The Pacers will take on the Celtics in a back-to-back set after this one.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (12.7) this season.
  • Aaron Nesmith ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for 3P% (47.5%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (126.9).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.7).
  • The Hawks rank 1st in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (13.2).
  • The Hawks rank 1st in the league for field goal attempts per game this season (93.6).

Hawks vs Pacers Prediction

The Pacers could be shorthanded again with Andrew Nembhard and Bruce Brown both listed as questionable, but they are still the team in better shape after reeling off five wins in a row, including back to back wins over the Bucks. The Hawks are starting to turn things around with a couple of wins, but I'm still high on the Pacers at the moment and I think they represent decent value at this short line.

 

Peter’s Pick Indiana -3.5

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