2013 Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers Playoffs Series Predictions

Last Updated: May 2nd, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Playoff Schedule

Pacers Lead Series 3-2

Game 1: Atlanta Hawks 90 – Indiana Pacers 107
Game 2: Atlanta Hawks 98 – Indiana Pacers 113
Game 3: Indiana Pacers 69 – Atlanta Hawks 90
Game 4: Indiana Pacers 91 – Atlanta Hawks 102
Game 5: Atlanta Hawks 83 – Indiana Pacers 106
Game 6: Indiana Pacers 81 – Atlanta Hawks 73

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Hawks vs. Pacers Series Update
Game 1: The Hawks proved that they never really had all that much of a chance to take Game 1 of this series. They came out of the blocks in the first and third quarter totally flat, getting outscored 60-45 in those two quarters to get hammered. Seven players had at least nine points for the Pacers, but the hero was clearly F Paul George, who had 23 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds, leading the team in all three categories. Pacers 107 – Hawks 90 (Pacers Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: If the Hawks are going to get back into this series, they are going to need F Josh Smith to stay out of foul trouble. Smith picked up five fouls in just 20 minutes of works and was never really a factor in the game. Indiana didn’t have a particularly great offensive game, though F Paul George scored 27 points, while G George Hill scored 22. G Lance Stephenson hurt his hip in the game, and he is up in the air for next several days. Pacers 113 – Hawks 98 (Pacers Lead Series 2-0)

Game 3: What a disaster Game 3 was for the Pacers… They shot just 27.2 percent from the field for the game, and they never had anything going offensively. We have to give credit to the Atlanta defense, as it came out with its hair on fire, forcing 22 turnovers on the night to cut the series deficit in half. F Al Horford had a huge game for the hosts, scoring 26 points and pulling down 16 boards in one of the biggest games that he has had in quite some time in a crucial spot. There’s a lot of work to be done, but at least Atlanta is off to mark. Hawks 90 – Pacers 69 (Pacers Lead Series 2-1)

Game 4: Give Atlanta all of the credit in the world for fighting back in this series. The Hawks could have been dead in the water coming back home to Phillips Arena down 0-2, but they fought back in both Games 3 and 4 and are now level once again. Save for a 15-1 run in the third quarter, there was never a doubt as to who the superior team was in this game. The Hawks got five three pointers from F Kyle Korver and 29 points and 11 rebounds from F Josh Smith on the day, making up for the fact that the rest of the team between them only made 17 field goals. Indiana only shot 38.1 percent from the field for the game, and it turned the ball over 13 times. All five starters scored in double figures for the Pacers, but it was never really nearly enough. Hawks 102 – Pacers 91 (Series Tied 2-2)

Game 5: Any time a team loses Games 1, 2, and 5 on the road, we always wonder whether the stuffing has been knocked from it. We have seen it happen time and time again, and we might be seeing it happen with Atlanta as well. The Hawks only made 25 shots from the field and shot 33.3 percent for the game, and they put forth a horrid effort in Game 5. F Paul George had another double-double with 21 points and 11 boards, while F David West led all scorers with 24. Indiana amazingly won this game by 23 points in spite of the fact that it lost the turnover battle 16-6. Pacers 106 – Hawks 83 (Pacers Lead Series 3-2)

Game 6: To think that the Pacers could win a game on the road in this series was shocking in itself. To think that they could do it with the bench contributing just three field goals and F Paul George shooting 2-of-10 from the floor is stunning. It was the defense that finally took over for Indiana, holding Atlanta down to just nine points in the second quarter and no more than 23 points in any given quarter. The Hawks shot just 33.3 percent from the field, and now, they go into the offseason, trying to figure out what they are going to do with free agent to be F Josh Smith. Pacers 81 – Hawks 73 (Pacers Win Series 4-2)

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The Hawks and the Pacers are both defense first teams, and that should really show when push comes to shove with the final scores in this series. These two clubs also have a history of playing quite tight games with one another, knowing that the average margin of victory in the last five games between these two has been just 6.8 points per game.

Indiana is a team that has been growing quite a bit over the course of the last few years, and winning the Central Division title in 2012-2013 is a great accomplishment. However, for the first time in quite some time, there is a massive target on this team’s back as well, and it is expected to perform well in this series and in the playoffs. Anything less than reaching the Eastern Conference Finals would be a bad result. The Pacers finished the year going 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS in their final six games of the campaign, and they are going to need to play better ball on the defensive side of the court than they did in their last eight, when they allowed over 102 points per game. Without F Danny Granger in the fold, there really are no bona fide stars to work with, and that could be an issue if the big boys for the Hawks get going.

Atlanta’s guard play is spotty at best thanks to the departure of G Joe Johnson. G Jeff Teague and G Devin Harris have done what they can in the backcourt, but the truth of the matter is that this team only will go as far as C Al Horford and F Josh Smith take them. These two men are combining for 34.9 points and 18.6 boards per game, and they are both very good interior defenders and distributors as well. They have both been here and done that, and they have a lot more playoff experience between them than most on the Pacers do. Atlanta has gotten out of the first round quite a bit over the course of the last few seasons, as the team has racked up 19 playoff wins in the last five years.

Indiana hasn’t won a game at Phillips Arena since 2006, going 0-11 SU and just 2-9 ATS to show for its work in those games. The Hawks meanwhile, are just 6-14 SU and 10-10 ATS in their last 20 visits to Bankers Life Fieldhouse dating back to 2002. Needless to say, home court advantage is going to be key in this series, and we have a hard time seeing how either team is going to be able to scratch out a win on the other’s home court. Go with the home team to win all seven in this one, which should make for a great NBA playoffs series.

Pacers vs. Hawks Series Prediction: Indiana Pacers in 7

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