Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11th Game Preview: Indiana Pacers (11-10) @ Atlanta Hawks (15-9)

TIP-OFF: 7pm (EST)

TELEVISION
: SportSouth

RADIO: The Hawks have moved to 97.9 on the FM dial this season.

GAME NOTES: Hawks/Pacers

ATLANTA INJURY REPORT: Joe Johnson is out. No update, at the time of this writing, on the status of either Zaza Pachulia or Josh Smith.

INDIANA INJURY REPORT: None.

BY THE NUMBERS

2010-11
Poss Off Eff eFG% FT Rate OR% TO%
IND (off)
93.1
1.073
50.8
21.1
23.1 16.7
ATL (def)
90.4 1.062 49.1
28.7
26.2
14.5

2010-11
Poss Off Eff eFG% FT Rate OR% TO%
IND (def)
93.1
1.043
46.2 33.9
26 15.1
ATL (off)
90.5 1.088
51.2
22.1
24.3
14.7

OTHER PERSPECTIVES: 8 Points 9 Seconds, Indy Cornrows

FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY: Atlanta -3.5, 194 o/u

PREVIOUSLY...the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-92 in Indianapolis last night on the combined strength of a balanced offensive (Seven of the nine Pacers who played in the game scored between 9 and 18 points.) and a suppressive defensive attack.

Defense has been key to Indiana winning or losing for much of the season. In 8 of their 11 wins this season, they've held their opponents to less than one point per possession (or, less than 100 points per 100 possessions). In their last four losses, they've allowed 106, 107, 127, and 109 points per 100 possessions. I've no formal data on the subject but it seems a rather large disparity.

Despite a record two-and-a-half games worse than the Hawks, the Pacers have a slightly better point differential this season.

Consider this an open thread for all pre-game, in-game, and post-game (but pre-recap) thoughts.

1 comment:

Nate said...

You gotta like ATL at home, right? All stats aside? No Area 55 to get in the way. Plus, I think Roy Hibbert is obsessed with playing at home.