Jan 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) drives to the basket past Atlanta Hawks center Pero Antic (6) and power forward Paul Millsap (4) in the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 97-87. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers' Keys to Victory

Welcome back to another edition of Snack Time with Stephen, where today I will talk up the Indiana Pacers coming home to start the next part of the season. They face off against an always tough opponent in the Atlanta Hawks. Tonight’s game could set that bar high where I projected the Pacers would close out this month with five straight wins. Not a bold prediction when two games are against the Milwaukee Bucks, right?

What do the Indiana Pacers need to key in on tonight for a victory? I am glad you asked that question as I give my keys to a victory.

Defense, Defense, Defense

Home court advantage

Individual Performances of Paul George and David West

Renewed Spirit and Focus

These are the bulletin points I am seeing for the Pacers as they look to build upon such a great first part of this season. I know I’ve talked up how I don’t want to believe the Pacers could have peaked too soon, but these next weeks could prove that if the Pacers are to come out flat and lose some games they shouldn’t. This is the time where those losses can be greatly affected when you started winding down the season.

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