NBA Basketball

Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Atlanta 23 31 11 29 10 104
Indiana 22 21 29 22 11 105
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , November 29, 2019
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana  Attendance: 15,827

Surging Pacers take on struggling Hawks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers

  1. Atlanta has lost eight in a row, most recently to Milwaukee on Wednesday, 111-102. The Hawks have allowed at least 110 points in 12 straight games -- they have not allowed that many points in 13 straight since 1970-71.
  2. Indiana has won four in a row, winning by an average margin of 16.3 points. The Pacers shot 44.6 percent from three in those four games after shooting 32.0 percent from three in their previous five games.
  3. The Pacers swept the four-game series last season, shooting at least 40.0 percent from three in all four games. They are 9-2 against the Hawks since 2016-17, outscoring them by an average margin of 7.8 points while shooting 39.8 percent from three.
  4. Jabari Parker had 33 points and 14 rebounds against the Bucks, his first career game reaching both marks. He added five assists as well, becoming one of three Hawks in the last 30 seasons to reach all three in a game (Paul Millsap on January 29, 2017; Dominique Wilkins on December 29, 1990).
  5. Domantas Sabonis recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Utah on Wednesday. Those 12 double-doubles are the most by a Pacer in his first 15 games of the season in the last 30 years.
  6. Damian Jones has started in the last nine games for Atlanta, going 32-fo4-45 (.711) from the field in those games. That's the highest field-goal percentage by any player in their first nine career starts with a team (minimum 40 attempts) since Tyson Chandler shot 73.2 percent from the field in his first nine starts with the Knicks in 2011-12.

An Eastern Conference matchup of teams on starkly contrasting trajectories pits the struggling Atlanta Hawks against the host Indiana Pacers on Friday.

Atlanta has dropped eight in a row. Indiana won its fourth straight game, and eighth in the last 10, with a 121-102 rout of the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren both scored 23 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 22 points, Jeremy Lamb scored 18 points and T.J. McConnell's 12 off the bench rounded out the Pacers' leading production.

The balanced scoring effort offered a snapshot of the team's approach this season. Indiana comes into Friday's game boasting five players who average between 12.1 and 19 points per game, led by Brogdon.

Indiana also has gotten plenty of contributions from its subs. Justin Holiday is averaging 7.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game; Aaron Holiday is posting 9.9 points and 3.5 assists per game. McConnell is adding 7.4 points and 4.9 assists per game.

"That's just how our team is. We genuinely care about each other and genuinely are excited about someone else doing well, and that's the key to having a good team," Justin Holiday told the Indianapolis Star. "We all know I've played on a lot of teams, and not every team is like that."

Atlanta's has gotten more of its scoring from second-year guard Trae Young, who comes in averaging 26.7 points per game.

The Hawks have other scorers sharing the workload, with Jabari Parker putting up 17.8 points per game. Rookie De'Andre Hunter (12.1 ppg.) has also come alive in recent outings.

But a difference in surging Indiana and sagging Atlanta is that the Hawks' contributions beyond the top three-to-four scorers decline steeply.

While the Hawks rank 27th in the NBA in points allowed at 117.7 per game, coach Lloyd Pierce told 92.9 The Game in Atlanta that improving the offense is central to bolstering the defense.

"The offense takes care of itself, there's different ways to improve the defense," Pierce said. "If we take care of the basketball, create great shot opportunities, and make the opponent work on defense, that's our best defense, because it slows the game down for us and it slows them down offensively."

On its current streak, Indiana is scoring 118.3 points per game -- an increasing of nine points per game over its season-long average. Three of the margins in this spell have been by at least 12 points.

In contrast, six of the eight losses during Atlanta's ongoing skid have come by double-digit margins. The Hawks held a 10-point halftime team on Monday against Minnesota before losing by 12.

Atlanta played Milwaukee within nine on Wednesday, paced by a 33-point, 14-rebound effort from Parker. However, giving up 39 bench points to the Bucks while getting just 14 points from the reserves made the difference.

Atlanta's depth concerns have been compounded with the ongoing suspension of John Collins, who was averaging just under 18 points per game when he received a 25-game suspension earlier this month for violating the NBA's drug policy.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 28, 2019

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