Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks
Prediction: Atlanta Hawks -3.5 -110 odds (November 7th 2012)
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The Atlanta Hawks are going under the radar this season due to trading Joe Johnson. This team still has a lot of talent, and it even beat Oklahoma City on the road 104-95 as a 9-point underdog last time out on Sunday without its best player in Josh Smith.
With four days’ rest since he last played, Smith has had some time to let his injured ankle heal. He was a limited participant in practice Tuesday and is listed as questionable. I’ll be siding with the Hawks whether or not Smith plays in this one.
A big reason why I’m fading the Pacers is because they will be playing their 5th game in eight nights, while the Hawks come in on two days’ rest and playing only their 3rd game in six nights.
Indiana is without its best player in Danny Granger. It has struggled offensively with him sidelined. The Pacers are scoring just 91.0 points per game on 40.1 percent shooting while ranking near the bottom of the league in both categories.
Atlanta simply owns this series with Indiana. The Hawks have won nine straight home meetings with the Pacers with their last loss coming back in 2006. The favorite is 17-4 ATS in the last 21 meetings. The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. Bet Atlanta Wednesday.
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