Pacers vs. Celtics NBA Prediction
The struggling Celtics will look to get back on track on Friday night when they host the Pacers at 7:30 p.m. ET. Is tonight another golden opportunity to fade Boston on national television when these two teams meet on ESPN?
533 Indiana Pacers (+3) at 534 Boston Celtics (-3); o/u 219
7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, February 26, 2021
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Indiana Pacers DFS Spin
Malcolm Brogdon went 10-of-20 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe for 24 points over 35 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors. Brogdon added three rebounds, three assists and a steal while he was out there, but he also committed four turnovers and went 0-of-4 from distance. He may have been a bit rusty coming off a week-long layoff due to postponements, but it was still a pretty solid outing overall. T.J. McConnell came off the bench for nine points, five rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and four turnovers across 27 minutes in the four-point loss.
Boston Celtics DFS Spin
Jayson Tatum hit just 4-of-20 shots and 1-of-8 3-pointers for 13 points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in 32 minutes of Wednesday's ugly 127-112 loss to the Hawks. The game wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates and the game was basically over by halftime. While Tatum and most of his teammates were struggling, Danilo Gallinari and Trae Young couldn't do anything wrong for the Hawks. Tatum and his teammates should bounce back against the Pacers on Friday. Tatum is shooting just 39.7 percent in February after shooting 48 percent earlier in the season and the Celtics have now lost 11 of their last 16 games. Something's probably going to have to give and tonight's embarrassing performance isn't going to help.
Pacers vs. Celtics Betting Prediction
I don’t trust either of these teams so I’m going with the total over a side. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams and is 5-2 in the Pacers’ last seven games when only playing on one day of rest. The over is also 4-1 in the Celtics’ last five games overall, is 4-1 in their last five games as a favorite and is 14-5 in their last 19 games coming off an ATS loss.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: PACERS/CELTICS OVER 219