Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers 2014 NBA Playoffs Game 6 will begin today at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The No. 1 seed Pacers will be visiting No. 8 seed Hawks at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Information on how to watch the Pacers vs. Hawks Game 6 live stream free online can be found below.
The eighth-seeded Atlanta has a 3-2 lead against the top-seeded Pacers and can stun the Pacers fans with an upset win at home Thursday night.
The Hawks lost 18 more game than the Pacers in the regular season, but have built double-digit leads in all five postseason games. Atlanta is coming off the 107-97 win in Game 5, where they took the lead by more than 30 points at an away game.
"We're just trying to play blue-collar, competing, aggressive basketball," Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll said Wednesday, according to AP. "Everyone on this team is competing. Everybody is playing hard. Even the coaches. A lot of the things we do after practice and before practice go unnoticed."
The Hawks' spread offense and an array of 3-point shooters have jeopardized Pacers' biggest advantage - its size and skills in the paint. To combat this, Vogel put out a smaller lineups and had All-Star starter Paul George, one of league's top wing defender, to slow down Hawks point guard Jeff Teague.
If Hawks win today's game, they will be the sixth No. 8 seed team to knock off a top seeded team in NBA history. Against the Pacers, they have given every player on the team a chance to shoot 3-pointers.
"It's just different," Pacers star Paul George said, according to AP. "They spread us out and we're use to packing it in the paint, playing big, playing physical. But it's like playing pickup ball against them with five perimeter guys."
Pacers dominated in Game 2's third quarter, stifling the criticisms of their faltering in the last seven weeks of regular season. But Atlanta continued their offensive over Indiana's defenses and won with 98-85.
Sports analysts say that Pacers' center Roy Hibbert was responsible for the loss as he scored only 18 points on 7-of-25 shooting in the series. The coach may end up putting forward Luis Scola, who scored 37 points in the last two games, in Game 4.
"It's a difficult lineup for me," Hibbert said, according to NBA.com. "I'm not used to it. It takes me out of position to protect the paint and to get rebounds in the paint and contest shots."
In Game 2, the Hawks beat Pacers relatively easily with 101-93, and built an 11-point lead in the first half on Tuesday night. However, Pacers turned their pace and outscored the Hawks 52-27 into the third quarter.
The Pacers won at least 55 games in the season and allowed 96.8 per 100 possessions, but their last six week's defense performance have left some doubting whether they can defeat the Hawks in the first round and the Miami Heat with home-court advantage.
The Hawks, on the other hand, have a strong offensive team. Paul Millsap has averaged 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds a game and has his career-best 3.1 assists a game. Kyle Korver broke an NBA record after hitting a 3-pointer in 127 consecutive games, beating the old record of 89 set by Dana Barros. Meanwhile, Pero Antic has played exceptional ball when filling in for Horford who had been sidelined for injuries.