Celtics vs. Pacers Pick
Can the Boston Celtics pick up a win on the road today when they face the Indiana Pacers at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Celtics are a slim road favorite, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Pacers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 210.5 points. Boston won the lone meeting this season, 105-99 in Indiana back on Nov. 12. The Celtics have won and covered in two of the last three against the Pacers.
Boston is coming off a 112-109 OT win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday. The Celtics have won three straight, all in OT, covering in all three in process. Boston is now 16-12 on the season and 15-12-1 against the spread. Boston is now putting up 104.3 points per game on offense while giving up just 102.5 points per game defensively. Boston is pretty healthy coming into this game as nobody is listed on the injury report. Isaiah Thomas has been one of the best in the league for 2016-17, averaging 26.6 points and 6 assists per game while Avery Bradley is adding 18 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
Indiana is coming off a 118-111 loss at New York on Tuesday night. The Pacers are now just 15-15 on the year and 12-18 against the spread. Indy has won its last three at home, but had seven of its last 10 on the road. The Pacers are giving up 106.2 points per game on defense this year while averaging 104.5 points per game. Indy is having some injuries issues at guard with Monta Ellis continuing to be out with a groin injury and Rodney Stuckey battling a hamstring injury. Paul George is leading the team with 21.8 points and 7 rebounds per game while Myles Turner is adding 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
While the Pacers are at home, I like Boston to grind out another win. The Celtics are a big healthier and have come off three straight hard-fought wins, so they know how to find ways to come out on top. Thomas strikes me as the best player on the floor, despite the good season George is having for the Pacers. I like Thomas to lead Boston to another win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS -1