NBA Picks: Hawks vs. Pacers Game 5

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 11:30 AM GMT

Wednesday, May. 1, 2013 11:30 AM GMT

The Indiana Pacers scored just 160 combined points in two games in Atlanta, but their offensive performance should improve in returning to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on NBATV. 

Shooting woes 

Indiana held a 2-0 series lead heading to Atlanta for two games, but it was held to under 40 percent shooting in both of those affairs, which has led to the series being tied heading into a crucial Game 5. 

The Pacers did manage to score 220 combined points in winning the first two games of this series in Indianapolis, while both of those contests went OVER the total. 

Roadhouse blues 

Atlanta lost and failed to cover the spread by an average of 8.75 points in Games 1 and 2 at this venue—dropping the franchise’s record to 21-84 straight up (SU) in postseason road games dating back to 1968. 

The Hawks are 2-9 SU and 5-6 against the spread (ATS) as road underdogs of 6.5 to 12 points, with the UNDER going 6-4-1 in that situation. 

Still in a great position 

NBA handicappers need to take a long look at backing the Pacers to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals before tipoff, considering they’ve compiled a perfect 10-0 series record when jumping out to a 2-0 lead. 

This rivalry has been dominated by the favorite and home team recently—posting a 23-6 and 21-7 ATS record respectively. 

52.8 

The Hawks are shooting 52.8 percent combined in the first half in this series, which has led to them averaging 52.8 points per game heading into halftime. 

Bettors often get blinded by playing the full game when placing their sports picks, but it’s important to look at all the options that are available in the market, especially in the NBA playoffs.

[gameodds]5/228358/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the first half total as one of their NBA picks Wednesday night, as the Hawks are in a nice offensive rhythm, while the Pacers scored 220 combined points in two games in front of the home crowd to open up this series. 

NBA Pick:  Over 94 First Half at William Hill

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