The Boston Celtics Host the Struggling Indiana Pacers
This season has been a tough one for the Indiana Pacers, especially right now. They’ve been eliminated from playoff contention and are on a tough losing streak. With things not looking good, a win here would be a morale boost. The good news is they can find a way to bring spirits up with a win over the Boston Celtics. However, this is a task much easier said than done.
The Boston Celtics are currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference, dethroning the Heat. This puts Boston in a perfect position as we ramp towards the end of the regular season. A few more wins and the top spot in the conference is theirs permanently. At the time of writing, the Celtics are on a six-game winning streak. How likely is it that the Indiana Pacers can stop them?
Game Preview: Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics, April 1
The Indiana Pacers aren’t much of a threat to the Boston Celtics when you look at statistics. However, there have been times when the Pacers have pulled off upsets. For instance, they beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 129-98. Prior to that, they beat the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. They also get the added benefit of a larger point spread against the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics will be favored by quite a bit in this game. The interesting thing is that their offense averages around the same amount as the Pacers. On average, the Celtics score 110.42 points per game, the Pacers average 110.55. The Celtics’ offense has turned up the heat in recent games, though. In the last five games, they’ve averaged over 120 points, the highest 134.
Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics Betting Prediction
This is what we like to call a “spreads matter” game. The Pacers are clearly going to be heavy underdogs, so you have to consider that. These two teams faced each other recently, and surprisingly enough, the Pacers won. Coming in as 9.5-point underdogs, the Pacers beat the Celtics 128-107. So, did they catch the Celtics off guard in February?
Expect the margins to be similar when the spreads are finally released for this game. In terms of who you should pick, it’s hard to bet against Boston right now. They just took down Minnesota, one of the best offenses in the NBA. Before that, they beat the Jazz, Thunder, Nuggets, Kings, and Warriors. With how they’ve performed, we’ll take them to cover the spread in this one.
When betting on the total, we’d recommend taking the over if it’s set at 216.5 and below. Each of these teams has had moments of incredible offense. However, if the total is released and it’s above 220, we’d definitely take the under. The Celtics are currently 36-38-1 against the total, and Indiana is 16-21-1 against the total on the road.
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- All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.