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Game Preview: IND vs ATL

by Scott Agness

Updated: November 6, 2012, 6:33 PM

Matchup

Jammed between road games in San Antonio and Minnesota, the Pacers travel to Atlanta for their fifth game in eight days.

Monday's loss to the Spurs was one the team will want to quickly erase from their minds. David West has played well, recording a double-double in each of the last two games. Hibbert, meanwhile, is coming off a game where he scored just two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

On the positive side for the Pacers, they lead the league in rebounding (53.2) and blocks (9) per game. But, on the negative end, they also lead the league in turnovers (20.2). Passing has been poor, thus turnovers have been frequent.

The Pacers faced the renewed Hawks in the preseason, but Josh Smith and Al Horford were both inactive. Smith, who averaged almost 19 points and 10 rebounds last season, is their clear go-to guy. He's athletic, versatile and can even cause problems while on defense when he wants to. Horford was out for most of last season with a torn pectoral muscle he injured against the Pacers.

Hawks guard (and Indy native) Jeff Teague enters his fourth season in the league and has improved his numbers each year. Teague has command of the offense and often looks to get to the rim. Teague, paired with Devin Harris and Lou Williams, improves their backcourt greatly.

The Hawks have made the playoffs in each of the last five years but they've failed to make it to the Conference Finals. The Hawks won't compete with the Heat for the division title this year, but they should make the playoffs once again and push to be a top-five team in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta's new President and General Manager Danny Ferry re-tooled the team in the offseason. Right away, he sent Joe Johnson to New Jersey for Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson, a few other players they later waived, and a lottery-protected first-round pick next year from Houston.

Other additions include Devin Harris from the Jazz, Kyle Korver from the Bulls and free agent Lou Williams.

Probable Starters

Pacers

  • C – Roy Hibbert
  • F – David West
  • F – Gerald Green
  • G – Paul George
  • G – George Hill

Hawks

  • C – Al Horford
  • F – Anthony Tolliver
  • G – Kyle Korver
  • G – Deshawn Stevenson
  • G – Jeff Teague

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out indefinitely, left knee injury), George Hill (probable, hip pointer)

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have lost 9 straight in Atlanta and have just two wins in their last 13 tries with the Hawks.
  • The Pacers have outrebounded their opponent in all four games and they lead the league in rebounds per game with 53.
  • Despite playing with a sore hip, George Hill has started every game and scored in double-figures (as has David West).
  • Hawks assistant coach Lester Connor was on Jim O'Brien's staff in Indiana for three seasons.

Last Meeting

The teams met in Indianapolis early in the preseason and Indiana narrowly won, 102-98. Atlanta made a late push, scoring seven points in a row to cut the lead to one with 2:14 left. Kyle Korver's 3-pointer at the buzzer was off.

Paul George scored a game-high 20 points and corralled eight rebounds in the win. Roy Hibbert finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lou Williams was one of six Hawks in double-figures with 18.

Last season, the Hawks won two of three against the Pacers.

Upcoming

On Wednesday, the Pacers play in Atlanta at 7:30 PM EST and on Friday, November 9th, they play at Minnesota. Start time for the T-Wolves game is 8:00 PM EST. Their next home game is Saturday, November 10th at 7:00 PM versus the Wizards. Buy Tickets »

Broadcast Information

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst)

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