Pacers vs. Celtics Prediction
In a big matchup for playoff seeding, the Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers tonight at 7PM ET. Which team has the edge in tonight’s battle?
517 Indiana Pacers vs. 518 Boston Celtics
Friday, March 29, 2019
7PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Pacers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 213.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 53 percent going on the Celtics at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Indiana has lost five of its last six games after falling 107-99 at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Indiana is holding a 1-game lead over the Celtics in the battle for the 4th seed in the East right now. The Pacers are 45-30 on the season, 17-21 on the road, 37-38 against the spread and 44-31 with the under.
The Pacers still have the top-ranked defense in the league, allowing just 104 points per game while holding opponents to 44.9 percent shooting. Offensively, Indiana is putting up 107.8 points per game while shooting 47.5 percent as a team. Bojan Bogdanovic leads the team with 18.0 points per game while Domantas Sabonis is adding 14.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest.
Celtics snap losing streak
Boston is coming off a 116-106 win at Cleveland on Tuesday, which snapped a four-game losing streak for the Celtics. They are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight. Boston is 44-31 on the season, 26-12 at home, 36-38-1 against the spread and 42-33 with the over.
The Celtics are a solid defense, giving up just 108 points per game while opponents shoot 44.9 percent against them. Offensively, Boston is putting up 112.6 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent as a team. Kyrie Irving is leading the team with 23.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game while Jayson Tatum is adding 16.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pacers are 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games playing on 1 day of rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six Eastern Conference games.
The Celtics are 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games following a win.
Both teams are struggling right now and both really could use the win. The Pacers haven really looked ugly on the road lately and have been on the road for five of their last six. Their offense just hasn’t been able to play at a high level and their defense hasn’t been strong enough to make up for it. With this game being Boston, and the Celtics on a couple of days rest, I think they will have enough legs and shooting to cover this spread.
NBA Prediction: Boston Celtics -6.5