The Indiana Pacers (33-41) had to suffer a heavy defeat against the Boston Celtics (120-95) last night as they prepare to take on the Atlanta Hawks (36-37) at the State Farm Center on Saturday, March 25.
Tyrese Haliburton returned to the court after missing a few games due to injury but it all went down the drain. He finished the game with 20 points for the Pacers. Myles Turner also contributed 20 points in the loss. Jayson Tatum was on fire for the Celtics, ending up with 34 points, while Jaylen Brown contributed 27 points in the win. The Pacers will face the Hawks now, who are eighth in the East, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and faced a defeat in their last outing against the Minnesota Timberwolves (125-124).
It was a close game up until the final buzzer. Trae Young showed up big on the night with 29 points for the Hawks. But no other player in the team was able to come up with a big number. Naz Reid led the scoring charts for the Timberwolves, coming off the bench and scoring 26 points. Jaden McDaniels and Karl Anthony Towns ended up with 25 and 22 points, respectively.
Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks: Match Details
Fixture: Indiana Pacers @ Atlanta Hawks
Date & Time: Saturday, March 25, 05:00 p.m ET
Venue: State Farm Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks: Injury Report
The two teams are surrounded by a few injury problems. Especially the Hawks, where Trae Young is questionable for tonight’s action due to a calf injury and Deandre Hunter is also questionable because of a knee injury. Dejounte Murray is questionable as well because of illness whereas Jalen Johnson is out until early April due to a hamstring injury.
As for the Pacers, Chris Duarte is out indefinitely with an ankle injury and Kendall Brown is out for the season with a shin injury.
Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks: Injury List
|Trae Young||Atlanta Hawks||Questionable||Calf|
|Deandre Hunter||Atlanta Hawks||Questionable||Knee|
|Dejounte Murray||Atlanta Hawks||Questionable||Illness|
|Jalen Johnson||Atlanta Hawks||Out||Hamstring|
|Chris Duarte||Indiana Pacers||Out||Ankle|
|Kendall Brown||Indiana Pacers||Out||Shin|
Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks: Betting Odds
|Indiana Pacers||+325||+9 (-110)||O 239.5 (-110)|
|Atlanta Hawks||-425||-9 (-110)||U 239.5 (-110)|
Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks: Starting 5s
Pacers: F Bennedict Mathurin, F Aaron Nesmith, C Myles Turner, G Tyrese Haliburton, G Andrew Nembhard
Hawks: F John Collins, F De’Andre Hunter, C Clint Capela, G Trae Young, G Bogdan Bogdanovic
Indiana Pacers vs Atlanta Hawks: Betting Prediction
The two teams are tied at 1-1 so far. They will now face each other for the third and final time in the regular season and the Hawks will look to end it with a win as they have the home advantage. However, the Pacers also have a chance to qualify for the playoffs and they will come out hard against the Hawks. The home team is ranked No.4 in offense, while the Pacers are ranked No.12. Expect the game to be a closely fought contest and the Pacers to cover the spread.