The Indiana Pacers begin the playoffs after capping off the regular season with an impressive record of 56-26. On the other hand, the Atlanta Hawks still managed to earn a postseason berth, regardless of their sub-.500 record of 38-44.
Second-chance opportunities project to be few and far between for Atlanta in this series. They ranked 28th in the NBA in offensive rebounding this season (OR% of 21.0%), while Indiana was second-best in the league on the defensive backboards (DR% of 76.8%). Indiana is among the league's elite in a couple of of the Four Factors : effective field goal percentage defense (first) and defensive rebounding percentage (second). The Hawks, however, are not in the top five in any advanced metrics.
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