Saturday, April 19, 2014

NBA Playoffs Simulation - Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers won the #1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference, beating out the Miami Heat. Indiana has struggled since the All-Star break, but the playoffs are a new season and a chance for Paul George and his team to quite the critics. The Atlanta Hawks held onto the 8th seed by a fingernail, keeping the New York Knicks out of the playoffs. This in a season when Al Horford hasn't played since December 26th. Makes you wonder about how good they could have been!  Our simulation has the Pacers winning in 5 games.

Game 1

Hawks 94
Pacers NBA Playoffs Simulation Pacers 105

Pacers lead series 1-0 


The Pacers won this game by hitting 12 of their 19 three point attempts, and holding the Hawks to 36% shooting for the game.


Lance Stephenson had a game high 26 points, as well as 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Luis Scola added 21 points on 10-13 shooting off the bench. Roy Hibbert grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 6 points despite going 0-4 from the field.

Kyle Korver filled up the stat sheet for the Hawks, as he led the team with 17 points, to go along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Atlanta's big men really struggled as Paul Milsap, Elton Brand and Pero Antic combined for 33 points on 7-30 shooting.


Game 2

Hawks 104
Pacers 100

Series is tied 1-1


This game was as close as the final score shows. Both teams traded leads all game and the biggest lead the Hawks had all game was 8 points. The difference in this game was the free throw shooting. Atlanta shot 85% from the charity stripe, while Indiana shot 64%.

Pero Antic had 19 points to lead the way for Atlanta, and Paul Milsap added a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Kyle Korver had 18 points and hit on 4 of his 8 three's.

Paul George had a big game for the Pacers with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. David West, Evan Turner, Lance Stephenson and George Hill all finished with double figures.

Game 3

Pacers 96
Hawks NBA Playoffs Simulation Hawks 93

Pacers lead series 2-1


Atlanta took a 78-75 lead going into the 4th quarter but they were unable to hang on for the victory and take control of the series. The Pacers held the Hawks to just 15 points and were able to win a tight one. Atlanta shot just 55% from the foul line and turned the ball over 23 times.

David West (16 & 13) and Roy Hibbert (15 & 12) both had double-doubles for Indiana and C.J. Watson and Luis Scola both scored 13 points off the bench. Paul George shot poorly again going 3-12 from the field and for the 2nd time in 3 games scored less than 10 points. He did however have 6 steals on defense.

Lou Williams led the Hawks in scoring as he hit five 3's and dropped 19 points off the bench. Elton Brand nearly posted a double-double off the bench with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Game 4

Pacers 109
Hawks 93

Pacers lead series 3-1


Indiana dominated the paint in game 4, outscoring the Hawks 46-28. The Pacers also dominated the boards as they finished with 56 rebounds, 15 more than Atlanta's 41.

Evan Turner led the Pacers in scoring with 19 points off the bench and has scored in double figures in all 4 games. He also grabbed 8 rebounds. Paul George filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals.

Paul Milsap led the Hawks with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Jeff Teague had his best game of the series with 15 points, 8 assists and 5 steals.


Game 5

Hawks 78
Pacers 103

Pacers win series 4-1


This was a 7 point game heading into the 4th quarter and that's when Indiana decided it was time to finish off the Hawks. The Pacers outscored the Hawks 30-12 in the final quarter as they advance to the Eastern Conference Semis.

David West had his best game of the series with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Paul George also posted a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 steals.

For the third straight game, Paul Milsap led the Hawks in scoring with 23 points. Lou Williams and Pero Antic were the only other players for Atlanta in double figures. DeMarre Carroll failed to score in double figures in all 5 games.


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