With two losses to Atlanta already this season, the Indiana Pacers will try to extract a little payback on Tuesday night when they host the Hawks.
What’s more, there’s an extra incentive available, with a fourth consecutive win able to propel them into first place in the Central Division.
The Pacers have been stellar at home this season, with 19-3 record, including 14 successive victories at the Fieldhouse. Generally, it’s been a defence that’s allowing only 90.1 points per game that’s been the key, but in their last two games, Indiana has shown its offensive chops, averaging 106.5.
Their opponents, the Hawks have struggled of late, but more so away from Atlanta where they’ve lost seven of their last eight. This included a brutal 93-75 defeat at Chicago on Saturday.
The Pacers are a very similar team to the Bulls, so have a punt on them on the handicap of -5, or look at the total points staying under the line of 183 at 1.91.
Memphis won their first game since the arrival of Tayshaun Prince from Detroit, when they thrashed Washington and now they’ll look to integrate him fully when Phoenix come to town.
The 2008 Olympic gold medallist won’t bring Rudy Gay’s offensive punch, but he’ll be a ferocious defensive presence as well as an outside threat.
That should see the Griz maintain their place as one of the NBA’s toughest teams to break down and they’re -8.5 to hold off the Suns, who have won just one of their last five. Although Memphis might be a little inconsistent as they adjust to a fresh look, it’s hard to see them faltering here.
The Denver Nuggets go for a seventh win in a row when they host Milwaukee, with the Bucks at +6.5 on the handicap.
Denver has been a scoring machine of late, averaging 113.5 points in their surge. Although they’ve had some moments of weakness, especially late in games, it’s hard to see the Bucks delivering at 3.50 for the win.
Best Bet: Take Indiana over Atlanta on the handicap at 1.91
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