With the 2013 NBA playoff series set to get underway this weekend, the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks should provide one of the most interesting matchups to keep an eye on in the first round–especially with the way things went during the regular season between these two teams.
Nobody knew what to expect from the Pacers this season with Danny Granger sidelined for most of the season, but the team saw players like Paul George take their game to a whole new level in his absence and play a big role in helping the team earn the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Indiana proved during the regular season they have what it takest to compete with the best in the Eastern Conference and it will be interesting to see how deep they can go in the playoffs.
Of course, the Pacers will need to figure out a way to get past the Hawks in the first round before that happens. Don’t let this team fool you–Atlanta certainly has enough weapons to cause plenty of problems for Indiana in the first round. Below is the schedule for this first-round matchup between the Pacers and Hawks–including dates, times and television networks.
Game 1: Sunday, April 21, at Indiana, 1:00 p.m. on TNT
Game 2: Wednesday, April 24, at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. on NBATV
Game 3: Saturday, April 27, at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m. on ESPN
Game 4: Monday, April 29, at Atlanta, TBA
Game 5: Wednesday, May 1, at Indiana, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Friday, May 3, at Atlanta, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Sunday, May 5, at Indiana, TBD (if necessary)
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