Benny's Daily Hoops - 2/23
- Hawks: 14th pace, 21st scoring, 22nd points allowed
- Pacers: 21st pace, 12th scoring, 13th points allowed
Hawks: Not really a great spot for the perimeter guys on the Hawks. I like Dennis Schroeder the best and he gets a slight boost today. It looks like Malcolm Delaney is out and Isaiah Taylor is questionable. That really would leave Schroeder as the only true PG and would probably bump up Tyler Dorsey a bit as a punt option since he is the likeliest to handle backup PG minutes and see some time with Schroeder at the SG spot. Taurean Prince and Kent Bazemore are the likely wing duo. Prince has seen his offensive game struggle much of the last month or two since his hand injury. It had been a reason we saw an uptick in scoring from Bazemore. Bazemore likely draws some Oladipo defense here, which makes it tough to back him. Big men do well against the Pacers, so I do like Dewayne Dedmon here. Dedmon before the break not only took back his starting center role, but he is seeing the bulk of the minutes in a crowded frontcourt. Guys like Ersan, Collins, and Muscala are all seeing minutes too. Dedmon has averaged 28 minutes over the last three games and produced averages of 13+ points and 10 rebounds. The upside is not huge, but he is solid and in a good matchup.