NBA Playoff Series Odds: Hawks vs. Pacers
The Hawks have a solid club, while the stumbling Pacers are still the favorites. Let’s break down this three and six matchup in the East and see where the best value lies.
What I just mentioned is still true; there aren’t that many headlines. Most people see both of these teams as an eventual Knicks’ stepping stone, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. About two months ago we were discussing if the Pacers had a shot at beating the Heat. If Paul George can continue his rise to stardom, the next chapter could be started during this series. It’s worth watching and it looks valuable for some NBA Picks.
The Hawks rested their guys down the stretch and almost deliberately fell down to the 6th seed. This team has been notorious for underwhelming playoff runs, and this season seems no different. However that’s not to say they don’t have a chance to upset a Pacers team that went 2-5 SU in their last seven games, and some of those they were trying to win.
I’m being a little bit hard on the Pacers but can you blame me? I’m a Bulls fan. I can’t root for the Pacers. However much my dislike for the team, they do posses some exceptional basketball players, and if they did somehow make it to a series against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, I would certainly be rooting for them in that scenario. The Pacers are big favorites, and there are several reasons why.
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The NBA Series Odds opened up with the Pacers as -650 favorites, which put the Hawks priced at +510. Game 1 of this series will be the early afternoon game on Sunday, and the Pacers are -6 ½ favorites with a total of anywhere from 184 to 186 points.
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The Sharp Pick
As you can see, I’m not too excited about this series, and although I see no value in the series prices as they sit now, I do like the Game 1 NBA Odds. I could very easily see this game being very low scoring. Neither team will have very fluent offensive rhythm coming off of their extended breaks, and I think scoring will be lower for Game 1.