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NBA Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers Prediction 12/4/2023

The Boston Celtics (15-4) travel to face off against the Indiana Pacers (10-8) on Monday, December 4th. This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Gainbridge Fieldhouse and televised on TNT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

Celtics vs Pacers

The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win

In the Celtics’ most recent game against the 76ers, Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 21 points while going 6/9 from the field. The Celtics picked up a 125-119 win, and Derrick White also added 21 points which was 2nd on the team.

With an overall record of 15-4, the Celtics come into today’s game vs. the Pacers sitting at 1st in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, they are 8-2 and are also in 1st place in the Atlantic division.

So far, Boston’s ATS record is below .500 at 8-10. Boston has failed to cover the spread in four straight road games and are 2-7 ATS on the road compared to 6-3 at home.

The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win

The Pacers’ most recent game versus the Heat saw Bruce Brown lead the Pacers with 30 points while shooting 11/16 from the field. The Pacers picked up a 144-129 win, and Obi Toppin also added 22 points which was 2nd on the team.

So far this season, the Pacers have gone 10-8 overall and are 1-2 in their last three games. When playing at home, the Pacers are 6-5 compared to their 4-3 record on the road.

Currently, Indiana holds an above .500 ATS record of 10-8 so far this year. When playing on the road, the Pacers hold an ATS record of 4-3 in contrast to a 6-5 record against the spread when playing at home.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

The Celtics step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 116.7 points per game (8th). So far, the Celtics are averaging 98.2 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 15th in made field goals per game.

Pacers Offense Breakdown

The Pacers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 128.8 points per game (1st). So far, Indiana is averaging 103.6 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Heading into the game, the Pacers will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.

Celtics Team Defense

The Celtics’ defense is presently ranked 4th in the league, allowing an average of 107.4 points per contest.

In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Celtics defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 49.6% while allowing 35.6% from downtown.

Pacers Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Pacers’ defense is giving up an average of 125.9 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 72.2% of their games.

The Indiana defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 50.4% of their field goal attempts vs. Indiana.

Key Players For The Celtics And Pacers

The outlook for today’s matchup points to Jayson Tatum as the primary point contributor for the Celtics, finishing with 18 points while maintaining a 7/13 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 27.4 points per game along with 8.7 boards.

On the opposing side, we anticipate Tyrese Haliburton to be the top scorer for the Pacers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 19, and he is expected to secure 3 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 51.9% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 27 points per game.

Celtics vs Pacers Trends

  • In their last ten games away from home, the Celtics have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 2-7-1 vs. the spread. The team averaged 111 points per game in this stretch.
  • In their last five home games, Indiana has averaged 138 points per game while allowing 137. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-2 while going 3-2 vs. the spread.
  • Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Pacers have a straight up record of 6-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 6-4.
  • Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Celtics have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 2-3.

Celtics vs Pacers Prediction

Coming in as the underdogs at +4.5, we have the Pacers as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 241.5 and given that our model is projecting 223 points between the teams, we like the under.

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