Pacers vs. Celtics Prediction

NBA Predictions: Pacers vs. Celtics to be defensive struggle? 3/22/17

Will tonight's Pacers versus Celtics matchup in Boston turn into a defensive struggle for bettors at 7:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Celtics are 7.5-point home favorites versus the Pacers while the over/under currently sits at 208.5 points. Both the total and the spread moved off the original numbers, with Boston dropping from -8.5 down to -7.5 and the total shifting from 209 down to 208.5.

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Indiana has alternated wins and losses over its last 10 games but did pick up a nice win over the Jazz on Monday night as a 2.5-point underdog. Jeff Teague led the team with 21 points with five rebounds and five assists, while Paul George finished with 19 points and eight boards. Myles Turner contributed with 16 points, six boards and four blocked shots.

The Celtics have been very good of late, winning four of their last five games. They're also coming off a 110-102 victory versus the Wizards at home as a 4-point favorite on Monday night. Isaiah Thomas was once again the star, scoring 25 points while adding four rebounds and four assists. Avery Bradley also had a solid game, scoring 20 with nine boards while Jae Crowder finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

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OUR PREDICTION: The under is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and has cashed in eight of the last 11 meetings in Boston. The under is also 13-3 in the Pacers' last 16 road games, is 12-3 in their last 15 games overall, and is 10-2 in their last 12 games coming off a win. On the other side, the under is 15-5-3 in the Celtics' last 23 games overall, is 7-1-1 in their last nine conference games, and is 12-2-2 in their last 16 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous contest.



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