The No. 6 Atlanta Hawks head to Indianapolis to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the No. 3 Indiana Pacers Sunday at 1:00 PM (ET) on TNT.
These teams met four times during the regular-season and split the series 2-2 with the home team winning each game. The Hawks were in Atlanta for the first two matchups and won 89-86 on Nov. 7 and 109-100 on Dec. 29, while the Pacers won 114-103 on Feb.5 and evened things up with a 100-94 decision on March 25 in Indiana.
The Pacers have a considerable size advantage over the Hawks with Paul George, David West and 7’2 Roy Hibbert anchoring the front court, so ATL coach Larry Drew will counter with a small, quick, lineup of Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford.
Check out the keys to victory for both teams here.
Who?: #6 Atlanta Hawks at #3 Indiana Pacers
What?: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 1
Where?: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
When?: Sunday, April 22, 2013 – 1:00 PM (ET)
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: George Hill | SG: Lance Stephenson | SF: Paul George | PF: David West | C: Roy Hibbert
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Zaza Pachulia (Achilles surgery) and Lou Williams (torn right ACL) are out.
Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger (left knee surgery) is out.
Regular-Season Records/Streaks & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (44-38) … Indiana Pacers (49-32)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 2 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 1 … Indiana Pacers –> OVERALL: Lost 3 / HOME: Lost 2 / ROAD: Lost 2
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (19-22) away … Pacers are (30-11) at home.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold. Hawks lost final two games of regular-season and both games earlier in year at Indiana.
Indiana Pacers: Cold. Pacers lost final three games of regular-season and last five-of-six overall.
Season/Past Season Series
Atlanta and Indiana square off in a first round playoff series after splitting four games in the regular season. The Hawks took the first two contests (both at Philips Arena) before dropping the last two at Indiana. The Hawks have won 11 consecutive regular season home games in the series, with the Pacers’ last win coming on 12/22/06 (100-90). Atlanta leads the all-time regular season series 92-77 (58-25 at home, 33-52 on the road, 1-0 on neutral court). Jeff Teague (5.3 assists) and Al Horford (7.8 rebounds) each averaged 16.0 points in the four games between the clubs this year. David West tallied 21.3 points against the Hawks, seeing action in three-of-the-four contest. This will mark the fourth time Atlanta and Indiana have met in the postseason (all in the first round). The Hawks have taken two-of-thethree series’, winning 3-1 in 1987 and 3-2 in 1996, while falling in 1995 (3-0).
LAST MEETING — PACERS 100, HAWKS 94 — BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE — 3/25/13
After a 26 all standoff in the first quarter, Indiana outscored Atlanta 59-37 over the second and third stanzas for an 85-63 lead with 12 minutes to play (the Pacers led by as-many-as 28 in the third). Led by the reserves, a 12-0 Hawks run early in the fourth made it a game again and Atlanta eventually cut it to 94-90 with just over one minute to go. The defense held and Atlanta had the ball, but a costly turnover followed by a Gerald Green three-pointer put it out of reach. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 20 points, Al Horford scored 13, and Jeff Teague and Shelvin Mack had 10 apiece. Six Pacers scored in double-figures, led by Green’s 19. Roy Hibbert (17 points/13 rebounds) and Tyler Hansbrough (12 points/11 boards) had double-doubles, helping the home team to a 49-38 edge on the boards.
Dahntay Jones was with the Pacers from 2009-12. Jeff Teague is a native of Indianapolis (Pike High School). Lester Conner was an assistant coach with the Pacers from 2007-10. Shelvin Mack played his college ball at Butler. Gerald Green was teammates with Johan Petro and DeShawn Stevenson last year in New Jersey. Anthony Tolliver and George Hill teamed together in San Antonio in 2008-09. Stevenson and Ian Mahinmi were both with the Mavericks in 2010-11. Tolliver and Jeff Pendergraph both played for Portland in 2009-10. Lou Williams and Sam Young were teammates in Philadelphia for part of last season.
Information was used from the Hawks and Pacers official gamenotes