INDIANAPOLIS (TICKER) —The Indiana Pacers try to extend their home winning streak over the Atlanta Hawks to six games on Friday in the opener of a home-and-home series between the teams at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Atlanta has lost its last six visits to Indianapolis since winning here on November 19, 1999. The Pacers have won 10 of the last 14 meetings with the Hawks, including four of the last five.
Indiana rolled to a 112-97 victory over Atlanta here on December 23 behind a dominant performance by Al Harrington, who scored a career-high 40 points. Ron Artest scored a season-high 24 points and Brad Miller added 22 and 11 rebounds in the win.
The Pacers have won two straight since the All-Star break and posted an 83-72 road victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.
Brad Miller scored 18 points and Reggie Miller added 17 for Indiana, which has won three of four games after losing back-to-back games for the fourth time this season.
The Pacers have split their last four home games and are 23-3 at Conseco Fieldhouse this season.
Indiana visits Atlanta in the finale of the home-and-home set on Sunday, beginning a stretch in which it plays nine of 11 games on the road.
The Hawks have lost three straight following a three-game winning streak. They have lost their last two by just four points combined, including a 97-96 defeat at Toronto on Wednesday.
The Hawks play eight of their next nine games on the road beginning with Friday’s game against the Pacers.