ATLANTA HAWKS__versus__INDIANA PACERS
- Series Schedule -
Game 1 in Indianapolis: Sunday, April 21, 1, TNT
Game 2 in Indianapolis: Wednesday, April 24, 7:30, NBATV
Game 3 in Atlanta: Saturday, April 27, 7:30, ESPN
Game 4 in Atlanta: Monday, April 29, TBA
Game 5 in Indianapolis: Wednesday, May 1, TBA
Game 6 in Atlanta: Friday, May 3, TBA
Game 7 in Indianapolis: Sunday, May 5, TBA
Season series: Tied 2-2.
Points per game (per 100 possessions): Pacers 94.7, Hawks 98.0 (Pacers 101.6, Hawks 102.7)
Points allowed per game (per 100 possessions): Pacers 90.7, Hawks 97.5 (Pacers 96.6, Hawks 101.8)
Why Atlanta will win: They can shoot. The best answer to a tough defense is hitting every open shot, and Kyle Korver, DeShawn Stephenson and emerging rookie John Jenkins help the Hawks do that around the perimeter. Smith, Horford and point guard Jeff Teague also are more athletic than their counterparts.
Quoted Info from USA Today’s Series PreviewWhy Indiana will win: No one plays better defense. The Pacers have lock-down defenders at nearly every position, starting with George. When everything is going well, Indiana grinds opponents to a halt. And last year's postseason experience should help.