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Game Thread #79: Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks

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Indiana Pacers
Atlanta Hawks
28-38 37-28
April 10, 2009 - 7:30PM EST
Philips Arena
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Jarrett Jack PG Mike Bibby
Brandon Rush SG Joe Johnson
Danny Granger SF Maurice Evans
Troy Murphy PF Josh Smith
Roy Hibbert C Al Horford

The Indiana Pacers are 6-2 in their last eight games but their positive play of late will be tested tonight as they hit the road to play the Atlanta Hawks. While the Pacers are down to their last thread of hope for a playoff spot, the Hawks will be motivated to win so they clinch the fourth spot in the East and with it, home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

Here are the Matchups.

For an Atlanta perspective, check out Peachtree Hoops and Hoopinion.

Gameday Reading

  • Bruno's latest Caught in the Web focuses on the individual big years produced by several Pacers.
  • Mike Wells reports on Josh McRoberts trying to take advantage of his late season playing time.
  • Sekou Smith reports on the Hawks' mission for tonight's game.
  • Pro Basketball News considers Danny Granger for their Most Improved Player award and offers up a reason why Granger NOT winning the NBA's MIP may be a good thing.

Leave your thoughts and observations in the comments.