Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: IND vs ATL
by Scott Agness | February 4, 2013 | Updated February 5, 2013 1:01 AM
Following the Pacers’ double-digit win Monday over Chicago, the Pacers have to immediately turn the page. One down, three to go (by Friday night).
Next up is the Atlanta Hawks. Outside of sleeping, the first thought that may come to mind for the Pacers is revenge. Not only have the Hawks taken the last four meetings, but they won both meetings earlier this season in Atlanta. The Pacers will try to use a little home-cooking—14 straight wins, specifically—to pull out the win and add to their two game lead in the standings.
The Hawks will be well-rested, having two days between games while the Pacers hosted the Chicago Bulls last night. Atlanta has split their last 10 games and most recently lost to the injury-depleted Bulls team by 17 points, the same one that the Pacers just defeated. The Hawks are without guard Lou Williams for the season, after he recently tore the ACL in his right knee.
The Hawks (26-20) are third in the NBA in assists and seventh (.458) in field goal percentage. Over the last five games, both Josh Smith and Al Horford have each averaged over 20 points per games.
The Pacers must know where sharpshooter Kyle Korver is at all times—he leads the NBA in three-point shooting with a 47 percent clip. With backup center Zaza Pachulia doubtful to play, the Hawks, 26th in the NBA in rebounding, should struggle in that department tonight. Roy Hibbert, who went scoreless in their Dec. 29th meeting, needs to be effective and help the Pacers control the paint.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Hawks: Lou Williams (out for the season, torn right ACL); Zaza Pachulia (doubtful, sore right Achilles)
- The Pacers have lost four in a row to the Hawks and 13 of their last 15 meetings.
- Hawks point guard Jeff Teague attended Pike High School.
- Hawks assistant coach Lester Conner spent three years on the Pacers bench under Jim O’Brien.
The Hawks beat the Pacers for the second time this season and 11th-consecutive time in Atlanta on Dec. 29, 109-100. Led by Lou Williams – one of six Hawks players in double figures – who scored 21 points and tallied a career-high 12 assists, the Hawks shot 55 percent and were in front by as many as 18. Zaza Pachulia tore the Pacers up inside, going for 17 points and 14 rebounds.
At the other end, Roy Hibbert had a night he’d like to forget. In 21 minutes, he failed to score and had just one rebound. David West connected on a rare three-pointer for three of his game-high 29 points, which started an 8-0 run. The Pacers came up empty on their next three possessions – miss, miss and turnover – and the Hawks rolled to the finish line in a 109-100 victory. Paul George had 18 points and Ian Mahinmi added 13 off the bench.
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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), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)