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NBA Betting Picks: Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers preview, picks and prediction

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For Wednesday night’s Eastern Conference matchup, the Atlanta Hawks (11-10) are preparing to face off versus the Indiana Pacers  (9-14). Can Trae Young and the Hawks earn their fourth road win of the 2021-22 NBA season? 

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers news

Leading into tonight’s intraconference contest, the Hawks are 9-12 against the spread this season, while the Pacers are 12-11 against the spread. This fascinating shootout airs live at 7 p.m. ET via Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast and NBA League Pass. Per Land of Basketball’s database, these two Eastern Conference competitors have played one another 197 times in the regular season. Atlanta is 103-94 versus Indiana. Nevertheless, on May 6, 2021, the last time these teams met, the Pacers won 133-126.

The top story for today’s game is Pacers small forward Justin Holiday testing positive for COVID-19. The ninth-year veteran is expected to miss at least the next 10 days. This includes the next four games as well. Through twenty-three contests played this season, Holiday is averaging 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Rookie forward Chris Duarte will likely replace the 32-year-old in the starting lineup against the Hawks.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers betting lines and odds

NBA Betting Picks - Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers picks, preview and prediction

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 218

Point spread: Pacers -1 (-110)

Best moneyline: Hawks +240, Pacers -260

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers injury report

Hawks: SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (questionable) | SF De’Andre Hunter (out indefinitely) | SF Cam Reddish (questionable) | C Onyeka Okongwu (out indefinitely)

Pacers: SF Justin Holiday (out indefinitely) | SF T.J. Warren (out indefinitely) | C Myles Turner (questionable)

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers preview

Additionally, in the Hawks’ 99-90 home loss versus the Knicks, guard Trae Young led his team in points, finishing his performance with 33 points in 39 minutes played. Center Clint Capela ended his double-double effort with 16 points, 21 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 35 minutes spent on the court. Not only were the Hawks outscored 48 to 38 in the paint, they surrendered 48 second-half points.

After viewing the box-score game statistics, the Atlanta shot 33-for-93 (35.5%) from the floor and 9-for-37 (24.3%) from behind the arc. This loss also spoiled Atlanta’s seven-game win streak. Though, it was only their second home loss this season. Now, the team is 8-2 at home, 3-8 away and 2-9 ATS away.

As for the Pacers, on Monday, in their 100-98 road loss against the Timberwolves, guard Malcolm Brogdon scored a team-high 25 points in 40 minutes of action. Center Domantas Sabonis earned another triple-double of his professional career, with 16 points, 25 rebounds (career-high) and 10 assists in 36 minutes played. The difference-maker in this contest was the third quarter.

The Timberwolves outscored the Pacers 30 to 19 to start the second half. Indiana has now won just four of its past 10 games. Plus, the team is now 3-10 away, 6-4 at home and 6-4 ATS at home this season. Entering this game, Indiana is 2-1 in the team’s previous three head-to-head contests against Atlanta, and they are 8-2 overall in their last 10 meetings.

Projected starting lineup

Hawks: PG Trae Young | SG Bogdan Bogdanovic | SF Kevin Huerter | PF John Collins | C Clint Capela

Pacers: PG T.J. McConnell | SG Malcolm Brogdon | SF Caris LeVert | PF Chris Duarte | C Domantas Sabonis

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers prediction

Furthermore, the total for tonight’s event is set at 218. Regarding the spread consensus, roughly 62% of bettors are predicting the Pacers will cover the spread at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. According to the point total consensus, 56% of gamblers are expecting the total to go under 218. So far this 2021-22 regular season, Atlanta is 11-3 as a favorite, 0-7 as an underdog and 2-9 ATS on the road, whereas Indiana is 5-7 as a favorite, 4-7 as an underdog and 6-4 ATS at home.

Moving on to betting trends, the Hawks are 6-2 ATS in their last eight performances. The total has gone under in four of their past five contests versus Eastern Conference opponents. Next, Atlanta is 7-1 straight up in the team’s previous eight games. For another notable fact, the Hawks are 0-7 SU in their last seven road matches against the Pacers. Lastly, the team is 2-11 ATS in their past 13 contests versus Indiana.

On the other side, the Pacers are 4-2 ATS in their past six performances this season. Not to mention, the total has gone under in 12 of Indiana’s previous 18 games. However, the total has gone over in four of the Pacers’ last five matches versus the Hawks. The team is 5-11 SU in their past 16 games against Eastern Conference opponents, too. Ultimately, the Hawks have better odds of winning and covering the spread.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers betting pick

Pick the Hawks to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go under 218. Atlanta is a one-point underdog with BetUS.

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