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Because the pace of the game will be crucial, the backcourt will be key in this series for both teams.
If the Hawks can push the tempo and get the Pacers playing fast, they will have a significant advantage. If, however, the flow of the game is more controlled and the offenses are relegated to running more half-court sets, Indiana has the advantage.
For the Hawks, Jeff Teague is in charge of getting the offense started. He had success against the Pacers during the regular season. Teague averaged 16 points per game and 5.2 assists per game against Indiana this season.
If the Hawks are going to outperform the Pacers' guard play, they are going to need production from Devin Harris. The oft-injured veteran only played in one game against the Pacers this season, and his minutes were limited.
Over a seven-game series, conserving minutes is critical. Teague cannot carry the point guard duties by himself, and when he is on the bench, Harris has to step up and assure there is not a drop-off.
For the Pacers, their floor general is George Hill. Hill brings a very similar skill set to the position like Teague. Both guards have the ability to score. With both averaging over 45 percent shooting from the floor, they are very efficient shooters.
Hill averages 14.2 points per game, 4.7 assists per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. The other starting member of Indiana's backcourt is Lance Stephenson.
Although Stephenson is averaging less than 10 points per game for the season, his offensive production has been up as the season has winded down. He is averaging 13.2 points per game since March 27, and he will be a factor Atlanta must contend with.