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Pacers vs Hawks Prediction - NBA Picks 1/5/24

The Pacers and Hawks will meet up for the second time this season and it's a historic matchup as far as sports betting goes tonight. This game has the highest over under point total for a regular season NBA game, ever. The line is set at 262 and 57% of the public bets are on the over. Let's take a closer look at this matchup and get into our Pacers vs Hawks Prediction - NBA Picks 1/5/24.

Indiana Pacers:

  • The Pacers are on a remarkable run, boasting the NBA's longest active winning streak of five games. They have been leading the league with an average of 126.9 points per game.

  • Point guard Tyrese Haliburton has been sensational, averaging 26.2 points, 15.8 assists, and 1.8 steals over his last five games. His shooting percentages are impressive, with 51.5% overall and 39.6% from the 3-point range.

  • Indiana’s recent performance includes two victories over the Milwaukee Bucks, indicating their capability to outscore top-tier teams. They have also shown a significant improvement in defense compared to the season's start. But let's not overlook that they just allowed 130 to the Bucks on Wednesday night.

Atlanta Hawks:

  • The Hawks, with a 14-19 record, are also known for their scoring ability, averaging 122.8 points per game, ranking third in the NBA.

  • Trae Young remains a key player for Atlanta, having scored 38 points and recorded eight assists in their last matchup against the Pacers.

  • Atlanta's recent victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder showcased their scoring depth, with four players scoring at least 20 points. They scored 141 points and allowed 138 for a total of 279 on Wednesday night.

Game Prediction:

  • This matchup is likely to be a high-scoring affair, considering both teams rank in the top six for offensive rating and are among the league's top five for pace.

  • The Pacers, riding a wave of momentum and playing at home, might have a slight edge, especially with Haliburton's current form. However, the Hawks' offense cannot be underestimated, making this a potentially close game.

  • Don't look for a lot of defense, both of these teams are confident in their ability to outscore teams so when you get a matchup with two teams that can score at will and are fine with not playing much defense, you get some BIG point totals like we are going to see tonight.

  • These two teams played once already this season and the final score was 157 to 152 for a total of 309 with the Pacers winning.

  • Don't overthink it, just take the over.

Best Bet:

Pacers / Hawks Over (262)

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Pacers vs Hawks Prediction 1/5/24


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