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Where: Game 3 – Philips Arena, Atlanta.
When: Friday April 25, 00:00 BST
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The Indiana Pacers bounced back in Game 2 to level the series against the Atlanta Hawks, however they now face a road trip to test whether or not they are back to their best.
After dominating the third quarter on Monday night, Indiana were able to silence some of their critics following their slump at the end of the regular season and having lost the opening game of this series.
However, they will be fully aware that if they were to lose Game 3, then the knives would be back out and they will face even more pressure in an arena that they haven’t particularly performed well in recent times.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has insisted that his group of players are extremely resilient, and despite coming into the post-season with the worst record of all 16 teams (38-44), they’ve shown plenty of determination thus far.
They will be buoyed by the fact that the Pacers have won only twice at the Philips Arena since December 2006, a drought that included a 13-game losing streak which stretched over six years.
However, Frank Vogel’s men have now won on two of their last three visits, which included a series-clinching victory in last year’s playoffs, and so this game is particularly well poised.
Paul George was influential in Game 2 having scored 27 points, and the visitors will need more of the same in order to ensure they don’t suffer from another offensive slump which could leave them in trouble.
However, the Hawks in turn have to figure out a way of getting point guard Jeff Teague to have more influence just as he did in Game 1 in which he had a career playoff-high of 28 points. He was restricted to just 14 in the second encounter, and will have to come up with new ideas in order to lead Atlanta to victory.