By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The Atlanta Hawks are the only playoff team that finished below .500. The Indiana Pacers basically led the Eastern Conference from start to finish. So there shouldn’t be much intrigue in this 1-8 series.
But the Pacers been rather mediocre over the last two months, struggling on both ends of the floor against good teams. And the Hawks have played Indiana rather well. In fact, no Eastern Conference team has scored more efficiently against the league’s No. 1 defense.
Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for Hawks-Pacers, with links to let you dive in and explore more.
Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Indiana Pacers (56-26)
Pace: 94.9 (20)
OffRtg: 101.5 (22)
DefRtg: 96.7 (1)
NetRtg: +4.8 (7)
- Ranked 29th offensively after the All-Star break (ahead of only the Sixers), scoring just 100.2 points per 100 possessions.
- Were outscored by 1.3 points in the first half of games and outscored their opponents by 10.3 in the second half. That’s, by far, the biggest half-to-half discrepancy in the league.
- Their starting lineup played 1,468 minutes together, more than any other lineup in the league.
- Opponents shot 41.4 percent at the rim when Roy Hibbert was defending it. That’s the lowest mark among players defended at least five shots at the rim per game over 50 games.
Atlanta Hawks (38-44)
Pace: 96.9 (13)
OffRtg: 103.4 (15)
DefRtg: 104.1 (14)
NetRtg: -0.7 (18)
- Assisted on 66.7 percent of their field goals, the highest rate in the league.
- Kyle Korver led the league with an effective field goal percentage of 71.4 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers.
- 31.6 percent of their shots were 3-pointers, the second highest rate in the league, behind only Houston (33.0 percent).
- Outscored their opponents by 3.4 points per 100 possessions with DeMarre Carroll on the floor and were outscored by 6.5 with Carroll on the bench.
- The Hawks are one of only two teams (the Spurs were the other) to beat the Pacers at home by double-figures.
- No Eastern Conference team was more efficient against the Pacers than the Hawks.
- The Hawks hit 10.3 3-pointers per game in the four meetings, the second-highest average against the Pacers, who ranked fourth in 3-point defense.
- The Hawks shot 27-for-76 (36 percent) from 3-point range with Paul George on the floor and 14-for-25 (56 percent) with George on the bench.
- Roy Hibbert shot 4-for-19 in the paint against the Hawks.
- Paul Millsap shot just 4-for-15 when being defended by David West and just 1-for-14 when being defended by Hibbert.
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