Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 2/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (-1.5)
The Atlanta Hawks (11-13) host the Indiana Pacers (13-13) at State Farm Arena on Saturday. Indiana opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 227.
The Indiana Pacers stepped onto the hardwood against the Detroit Pistons and walked away with a win by a score of 111-95 in their last contest. Indiana walked away from the contest with a 51.2% field goal percentage (44 of 86) and converted 14 of their 31 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Pacers made 9 of their 10 attempts for a rate of 90.0%. When discussing hauling in boards, they earned 41 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 26 assists in this contest while having 10 steals and 5 rejections. In relation to defending, Indiana allowed the other team to go 44.7% from the field on 38 out of 85 shooting. Detroit distributed 21 assists and had 5 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Pistons pulled down 43 boards (15 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Detroit ended up shooting 73.7% at the charity stripe by making 14 of their 19 attempts. They knocked down 5 of their 28 shots from long range.
Domantas Sabonis is one player who was a major factor for the contest. He left the arena with 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 38:29 minutes and pulled down 8 boards. Sabonis finished the game shooting 64.3% from the floor and earned 8 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Pacers was Malcolm Brogdon. He pulled down 9 boards and also accounted for 4 assists. He went 42.1% from the field in this game by connecting on 8-of-19 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Brogdon played for 36:41 min.
Indiana comes into this one with a mark of 13-13 so far this season. They average 112.3 pts per contest (16th in basketball) while connecting on 47.4% from the field. The Pacers are hitting 37.0% on three-point shots (327 of 883) and 76.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Indiana is snagging 42.5 rebounds per game and has totaled 694 assists for the season, which has them ranked 4th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.4 times per game and as a unit are committing 20.5 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Pacers are able to force 15.0 turnovers every game and they draw 18.2 fouls. They are currently ranked 23rd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 648 surrendered this season. The Pacers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.1% (389 of 474) and they surrender 45.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are relinquishing 38.2% from beyond the arc while they are 11th in the league in PPG allowed (111.0).
When they last played, the Atlanta Hawks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 118-117 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Hawks corralled 33 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 42 in this contest. They blocked 4 shots while recording 7 steals for the game. The Mavericks committed 24 fouls in the matchup which got the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 28 tries. They were able to knock down 23 of those for a clip of 82.1%. In terms of three-point shots, Atlanta made 14 of 39 tries (35.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Hawks went 40 for 88 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.5%. The Hawks permitted the Mavericks to knock down 43 of their 84 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.2% for this contest. They finished the game shooting 40.0% from downtown by hitting 14 of 35 and finished the game at 18 of 20 at the free throw line (90.0%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Atlanta permitted Dallas to snag 37 overall (4 on the offensive side).
John Collins ended up being a factor for the Hawks in this matchup. He buried 13 out of 18 for this contest for a field goal rate of 72.2%, which gave him 33 points. Collins pulled down 8 rebounds in his 38:20 mins of time on the court and accounted for 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Atlanta was Trae Young. He racked up 25 points in 42:00 mins on the hardwood via 8 of 22 shooting for the contest. Young wrapped this one up going 36.4% from the floor while also earning 15 assists and 7 boards.
Atlanta has a mark of 11-13 for the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Hawks are connecting on 44.8% from the floor, which is ranked 25th in basketball. Atlanta has 2,706 pts on the year (112.8 per game) and they pull down 46.9 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 24.6 times per game (16th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 14.6 times per game. The Hawks are committing 20.3 fouls every game while shooting 82.0% from the free throw line. The Hawks are ranked 14th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 111.4. The Atlanta defense allows 33.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (271 of 820) and opponents are connecting on 82.1% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 23.4 assists and 44.2 rebounds per contest, ranking them 8th and 14th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 12.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the floor (8th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (+1.5)
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