NBA Stats

Apr 17 2014 4:57PM

SportVU Preview: Indiana Pacers (1) vs Atlanta Hawks (8)

The Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks face off in the No. 1 vs. No. 8 opening round matchup in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The series tips off with Game 1 on Saturday, Apr. 19 in Indiana (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN). Despite the disparity of their seedings, the Pacers and Hawks split their season series at two games apiece and have posted identical 12-13 records since March 1.

We take a closer look at some of the key matchups in this series with the help of SportVU player tracking technology. The SportVU data allows us to look at specific player vs. player matchup stats in a variety of categories such as drives, rebounds, the amount of time each defender spent guarding a player and much more. Of the two Hawks (Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll) that Paul George spent the majority of his time defending, which was he able to shut down? Check out the stats below to find the answer.

And for additional statistical analysis on this first round matchup, be sure to check out John Schuhmann's numbers breakdown on

Top Matchups

G. HillJ. Teague28:4015-956%2-540%10-051012
D. WestP. Millsap26:1837-2035%1-250%32-212217
P. GeorgeD. Carroll23:1109-1850%2-633%71-1100221
J. TeagueG. Hill21:2005-1436%0-20%44-4130114
P. MillsapD. West20:5914-1527%0-30%12-253210

Paul George: Primary Matchups (Defense)

In four games versus the Hawks during the 2013-14 season, Paul George spent the majority of his time matched up with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.

Kyle KorverDeMarre Carroll
Matchup Time14:0211:13
FGM-FGA7-10 (70%)1-3 (33%)
3FGM-3FGA4-6 (67%)0-1 (0%)
Points Allowed192
Offensive Rebounds Allowed11

Paul Millsap: Primary Matchups (Offense)

Paul Millsap really struggled from the field when he was guarded by Indiana's starting big men this season. He shot a combined 5-29 (17.2%) when guarded by Hibbert or West.

David WestRoy Hibbert
Matchup Time20:596:56
FGM-FGA4-15 (27%)1-14 (7%)

Roy Hibbert vs. Paul Millsap

While Paul Millsap struggled when he was being guarded by Hibbert, Hibbert also couldn't buy a bucket when he was being guarded by Millsap. Hibbert shot only 1-10 when Millsap guarded him this season.

OffenseDefenseTimeFGM-FGA (FG%)BlocksStop %
HibbertMillsap4:591-10 (10%)090%
MillsapHibbert6:561-14 (7%)193%

David West: Primary Matchups (Offense)

David West struggled from the field when he was being guarded by Paul Millsap. He was much more successful when Elton Brand was covering him.

Paul MillsapMike ScottPero AnticElton Brand
Matchup Time26:187:303:203:04
FGM-FGA7-20 (35%)4-9 (44%)4-8 (50%)7-9 (78%)

Jeff Teague vs. George Hill

George Hill was much more successful in the head to head matchup between the two starting point guards than Jeff Teague was. Hill shot 5-9 (56%) in the almost 29 minutes (28:40) where he was being covered by Teague. Teague shot only 5-14 (36%) when he was being covered by Hill (21:20.)

Drives Allowed

Jeff TeagueGeorge Hill13
Paul GeorgeDeMarre Carroll10
Shelvin MackC.J. Watson10
Jeff TeaguePaul George7