Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction

NBA Predictions: Will Pacers cover as small underdog vs. Celtics? 12/18/17

Will the Indiana Pacers cover the spread as a small home underdog Monday night when they host the Boston Celtics at 7:00 p.m. ET?

Who Oddsmakers Like: Boston. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Celtics are 2.5-point road favorites versus the Pacers, who opened as 3.5-point home underdogs before the line dropped. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 208.5 but was bet down to 206.5.

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Who Public Bettors Like: As of Monday morning, 88% of the bets were on the Celtics to cover the spread and 93% of the money is also on Boston.

Injury Report: Gordon Hayward remains out for the Celtics with a leg injury and both Marcus Morris (knee) and Daniel Theis (face) are out for tonight's game. On the other side, Glenn Robinson III (ankle) is out for the Pacers.

Who We Like: Indiana. The Celtics are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games coming off a win, are 0-4 against the number in their last four games following an ATS win, and are winless at the betting window in their last five games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.

On the other side, the Pacers are a peffect 6-0 against the spread in their last six games played on Monday, are 4-1 against the number in their last five games versus Atlantic opponents, and are 21-8 at the betting window in their last 29 games versus Eastern Conference foes. In their last 16 games, Indiana is also 11-5 against the spread.

 

MONDAY NBA PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS +2.5

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