Bet Pacers -1.5 Over Hawks as Your NBA Pick

Steven Suarez

Monday, December 8, 2014 3:29 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 3:29 PM UTC

The NBA betting odds may be close, but come check out why we think there's value to be had with a Pacers team that's finally starting to get healthier again.

Odds Overview
Depending on where you look, the Pacers are either favored by 1 or 1.5 points - who knows, that half point could really come in handy, which shows us why it's all the more important to utilize multiple sportsbooks. Keep tracking the live NBA odds using SBR's terrific monitoring service.

It's unlikely a lot of points will be scored here and the NBA odds makers agree, posting an O/U of 193.

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Indiana Pacers
Having lost four in a row, the Pacers are in a funk right now, and you know they'll be fired up to break this losing run.

We last saw Indiana in Friday's overtime loss in Sacramento. The Pacers shot just 37.5 percent overall, but even though six different players hit double figures, they still fell short against a Kings team that was without DeMarcus Cousins. Overall, Indiana now stands at 7-13 for the year, yet they're still just a couple games out of the eighth seed in the watered down Eastern Conference.

It still looks like the Pacers are experimenting with some different lineups to see what works and what doesnt. Whatever the case, they must be thrilled to have David West back and Roy Hibbert healthy again too. Even C.J. Watson has returned to the fray, giving Indiana some rare depth that they've so far lacked this season.

Obviously, it'd be nice to have Paul George and George Hill in the mix too, but even without those two Indiana may be good enough to make some noise here in the East. They've been a lot more competitive than people expected, with their excellent rebounding and defensive ability acting as the catalyst.


Atlanta Hawks
Things couldn't be going any different for the Hawks, who have reeled off six straight wins ahead of tonight's game.

During the run, Atlanta has beaten New Orleans, Charlotte, Boston, Miami, Brooklyn and Denver, subsequently pushing their record up to 13-6 overall this season. They're tied with Washington for first in the Southeast Division and currently occupy the second spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Last night, the Hawks were able to take care of Denver in a 96-84 home win. Paul Millsap led the way with 23 points, but it was a balanced effort, as nine different members of Atlanta logged at least seven points each. Atlanta didn't have the most efficient game offensively as a team, but they really locked it down on the defensive end, holding the Nuggets to 36.6 percent shooting.

The Hawks currently rank seventh in points per game (103.5) and 13th in points allowed (99.4), showcasing a nice balance to their team. That being said, this is a tough spot for them on the backend of a back-to-back on the road up against a team that's hungry to get a victory. Atlanta's really going to have to be on the ball and focused from the start.

NBA Pick
Recent performances suggest we go the other way, as Indiana has struggled and Atlanta has been on fire, but we see this as a prime opportunity for the Pacers to get back on track at home.

Indiana is always going to bring it night and night out in terms of competing, and it's not like the Hawks are the most feared team out there. Despite their surge as of late, it's not like they're miles ahead of the Pacers. What's more, the Hawks have done most of their damage at home (9-2), while going a very forgettable 4-4 on the road. 

Desperate to find their winning ways ago, we're adding the Pacers to our NBA picks for Monday night. Best of luck!

NBA Pick: Indiana Pacers -1

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