The Indiana Pacers will travel for Game 3 of their best of seven Eastern conference NBA playoff as they face the desperate Atlanta Hawks from pro basketball action on Saturday night. Tip off time from Atlanta is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The NBA odds from this pro basketball playoff game three has the home club Atlanta Hawks favored by -2 points with an over under line of 190 ½ points. There has been no early movement in this betting line since the odds came out a few hours ago.
The Indiana Pacers go up 2-0 in this best of seven series following a game two 113-98 home victory against the Atlanta Hawks as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished over the total of 187 points.
The Pacers outscored Atlanta in every quarter of the game and opened up a 24 point lead in the fourth quarter. The team shot 47.1% from the field and connected on 10 of 25 from the three point line. Indiana had six more rebounds and committed four less turnovers than the Hawks. Paul George led the Pacers with 27 points and eight rebounds as he made 11 of his 21 shots. Indiana ranks in the top two of the NBA in all three key defensive areas which are points allowed, field goal and three point shooting defense. In the playoffs the Pacers offense has seen an upsurge as the club averages 110 points a game.
The Hawks wasted another good shooting road performance as they connected on 49.4% from the field and 9 of 23 from the three point line. They shoot poorly from the free throw line missing 9 of 20 shots. Devin Harris led the Hawks with 17 points and four assists as he made 6 of his 10 shots. Josh Smith had 16 points and six boards in only 20 minutes of play after being hobbled up in game one. Atlanta has been poor defensively in the playoffs and we have seen these type of performances throughout an inconsistent season for the Hawks.