Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers NBA Game Preview
The Atlanta Hawks will travel to the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 14 to take on the Indiana Pacers at a crucial stage of the Eastern Conference playoff battle. Neither team has performed at a high level this season and both look set to have disappointing seasons. The two teams have faced off twice before this season with the Hawks coming out victorious both times.
The Pacers come into this game after enduring a dreadful season so far. Their record currently stands at 22 wins and 45 losses. The Atlanta Hawks aren’t in quite as bad a position as the Pacers, yet their inconsistency is on show in their overall season record of 31 wins and 34 losses. Neither team has much to boast about, but a win could kickstart an upturn in form for either.
The Hawks are not Going Down Without a Fight
Sitting at 10th in the Eastern Conference at this stage of the regular season might indicate that things are completely over. The Hawks however are determined to prove everyone wrong and are hitting a good run of form at just the right time. They have won 4 out of their last eight which still puts them in the fight for one of the coveted playoff spots.
Trae Young ended last season with a bang and genuinely looked like a bonafide superstar. The Hawks should be thankful because Young has absolutely carried that form over into this season averaging 27 points and 11 assists per game this season.
Indiana Off the Pace
It has been somewhat of a nightmare last few weeks for the Pacers as they lost back to back to back games against the Wizards, the Cavaliers, and the Pistons. These results epitomize the Pacers as they all came off the back of a solid win against the Orlando Magic. The playoff spots are all but gone in what has been a profoundly disappointing season for Indiana.
One positive for the Pacers has been the success of their most recent trade purchase, Tyrese Haliburton. His introduction into the team has seen an immediate uptick to the overall offensive output, a stat that should please coach Rick Carlisle, whose job will be under pressure when this season ends. The Pacers need to start planning their build for next year, as success this year is all but gone.