We deliver a wining NBA prediction on Tuesday in the pro basketball contest between the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers. The Hawks and Pacers will begin from Indiana at 7PM Eastern Time and it’s the NBA League Pass providing the national television telecast. The NBA pick is playing on the Atlanta Hawks +7 points against the Indiana Pacers. The point spread from this NBA game is courtesy of Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The betting odds from this contest saw the home club Atlanta Hawks open as a -7 point favorite with the total at 183 points. The bettors early have come in slightly on the road team as Indiana has been down to a low of -6 ½ point favorites at a few online sportsbooks. Most of the betting outlets have Indiana favored by -7 points. The total has moved a down a tick to 182 ½ points. Those betting Indiana on the money line will lay -310 odds. If you believe the Atlanta Hawks can win this game straight up can receive +260 odds for the money line wager.
The Atlanta Hawks are a well-rested team entering play tonight having last played on Saturday night in their 97-90 home victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s two straight victories for the Hawks all coming without shooting guard Joe Johnson in the lineup. Johnson is experiencing a knee injury right now and is expected to not play tonight for Atlanta. The Hawks are a more efficient team without Johnson in the lineup. He takes a high volume of shots and makes only 42.2% from the floor on the season. Johnson does not dish out assists or rebound the basketball and on the defensive end of the court is subpar. He usually puts up what appears to be impressive point totals but when you break down how many missed shots he had to put up those points you get the feeling the team may be better without him on the court. The positive in this situation is more shots for efficient players like Josh Smith, Jeff Teague, Willie Green and Zaza Pachulia who all shoot at a higher percentage than the inefficient one trick pony jump shooter Johnson. What we saw in the Hawks win against Oklahoma City was a more balanced scoring attack with four starters scoring in double digits.
The Pacers play tonight on the back end of a back to back and will be playing their third game in four nights facing airplane travel in each game. The Pacers are 5-6 against the point spread in the back end of a back to back. You may be somewhat impressed by the Pacers six wins in their past seven games. But a closer looks sees two wins against New Orleans and Charlotte and single wins against New Jersey and Golden St in that span. This is a team that has had trouble stepping up against the better teams from the Western and Eastern conference. Go against the Indiana Pacers tonight in this spot against the Hawks team with energy and fresh legs getting the +7 points at your favorite internet online sportsbooks.