After a bit of a shaky start, the Indiana Pacers return home looking to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round NBA playoffs series over the Atlanta Hawks. Opening tipoff for Game 5 is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., and will be broadcast nationally on NBA TV and streaming live on NBA League Pass.
On Monday, April 28, 2014, SBN reported that tonight’s game has all the makings of a blowout. Tom Lewis of Indy Cornrows states that the Indiana Pacers are not only poised to have a big game, but that for their psyche going forward, need a “wire-to-wire” win this evening.
To a certain extent, NBA oddsmakers at ESPN agree, giving the home team the nod in Game 5 of this best-of-seven series. Moments removed from tipoff, Indy (-7) is listed as a seven-point ATS favorite to defeat Atlanta (+7). Tonight’s OVER/UNDER equals 185 points, and straight-up betting lines go as follows: Hawks (+280) vs. Pacers (-325).
In contrast, Matt Femrite of the Washington Post focused his attention on what Atlanta has to do to regain control of this series. Stretching the floor and knocking down threes is not only part of this team’s DNA, but were also the reasons why the Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first place.
One rather interesting statistic Fermite points to is the fact that the Hawks have taken far more three-pointers than free-throws (124-101) through four games. Nevertheless, as the old saying, “live by the 3, die by the 3” serves true, Atlanta has to convert from behind the arc in order to have a fighting chance to steal a win on the road tonight.
Can Mike Budenholzer get his team back to playing the style of basketball that put them ahead 2-0 in this best-of-seven series, or has Frank Vogel finally made the necessary adjustments to nullify his approach? Don’t miss Game 5 of the 2014 NBA playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers by tuning to NBA TV or via Internet live stream (free to NBA League Pass subscribers).