IC Cold Links: Pacers Face Tough Matchup Against Hawks Tonight

Hopefully the Hawks' trio of leaders will leave the Fieldhosue with a similar expression tonight.

The Indiana Pacers face a tough challenge tonight when the host the Atlanta Hawks.

The high-flying Hawks are capable of lighting up the scoreboard in a variety of ways and last season did just that in sweeping their way to three wins over the Pacers. This Pacers team is a little different than last season's version and, with a more mobile Roy Hibbert and Josh McRoberts in place of Troy Murphy, more athletic in the front court. The Hawks, however, are super-athletic in the front court with Al Horford and Josh Smith available to make things difficult. Then, even if the big fellas are accounted for, the Pacers have to find someone to slow down Joe Johnson.

Yeah, not the prettiest matchup on paper for the Pacers.

The Hawks are 7-4 heading into tonight's game, although without a signature win. But they've taken care of the games they should win and this game tonight surely makes that list. Darren Collison and Tyler Hansbrough are dealing with ankle tweaks, so if they aren't available the Pacers lose some of that much-needed athleticism to counter Atlanta.

As usual, it will be interesting to see which Pacers team shows up and if the shots are falling, then they'll always have a chance to win.

After the jump, a few links of interest including more on Al Horford's success against the pre-UFC-trained, slim-and-fit, Roy Hibbert.

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