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Game Thread #80: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers

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April 8, 2011 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Kirk Hinrich PG Darren Collison
Joe Johnson SG Paul George
Marvin Williams SF Danny Granger
Al Horford PF Tyler Hansbrough
Zaza Pachulia C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers welcome the Atlanta Hawks to Conseco Fieldhouse tonight in an effort to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Hawks.

While we talk about the Pacers continuing to play through the regular season, the Hawks are playing it cautious to prepare for a tough first-round matchup with the Orlando Magic. Neither Jason Collins nor Pacer-killer Josh Smith will be with the Hawks tonight, staying back in Atlanta to tend to nagging injuries.

The Hawks' success against the Pacers simply boils down to a bad matchup and the linchpin favoring the Hawks in the matchup has been Josh Smith. The guy is long and athletic and always seems to show up against the Pacers. Running the floor, making shots, blocking shots, generally looking like a Hall of Famer in waiting. So while it would be fun to beat the Hawks with Smith, I won't complain about winning without him on the floor.

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