Pacers vs. Hawks: Game thread, lineups, TV info and more

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

The Pacers have won four consecutive games and now have a chance to gain a game on the Hawks in the Eastern Conference standings.

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2012-13 NBA Regular Season
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(17-12)
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(18-9)
December 29, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. ET
Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Indiana ---- Radio: AM 1070 The Fan
Probable Starters
George Hill PG Jeff Teague
Lance Stephenson SG Lou Williams
Paul George SF Kyle Korver
David West PF Josh Smith
Roy Hibbert C Al Horford

The Indiana Pacers visit the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night in a great test on the road for the Pacers after winning their last four games.

The Pacers are two games behind the Hawks in the Eastern Conference standings as Indiana tries to solve the vexing problem of beating the Hawks, a team that when healthy seems to always have the Pacers number.

Two key players are questionable in this matchup. Forward Josh Smith has been playing at a high level for the Hawks but left the team's win over Cleveland on Friday with a strained right hip. Pacers point guard George Hill was limping around with ice on his bruised thigh but said he hopes to play in Atlanta. Also, Sam Young was scheduled to stay behind in Indy to see how he felt on Saturday morning with the hope that he could join the team in Atlanta if he is feeling better.

The Hawks don't boast a huge front line which gives the Pacers the option of going small if Roy Hibbert can't take advantage of his matchup against Al Horford. Frank Vogel has been reluctant to go small this year but with Tyler Hansbrough starting to play better, he may want to utilize that option to give the athletic Hawks lineup a different look.

Thanks to taking care of business against teams behind them in the standings, the Pacers have a great opportunity to make up some real ground and make a statement among the top teams in the Eastern Conference with a win in Atlanta tonight.

For more on the Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops. Also, leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.

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