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2022 NBA Handicapping
(20-21) Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers (15-26)
Date: Wednesday, January 12th
Time: 7:00 PM (ET)
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -144 | Pacers +135 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -3.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Wednesday, January 12th finds the Boston Celtics playing the Indiana Pacers for the second time as part of a home and home series. The Celtics took the opening game in Boston on Monday 101-98 that required overtime to decide.
The Pacers will also host a game on February 27th while the Celtics will finish the season series on April 1st. Last season, the teams played three times with Boston taking two of the three contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Pacers in 101 of their 182 matches
For the fourth time in six matches, the Celtics registered a victory as the team adapts to trying to find consistency. The win versus the Pacers was one of the better performances by the team with both their stars and big man registering double-double performances.
Jaylen Brown scored 26 points with 15 rebounds and six assists. Jayson Tatum offered 24 points, 12 rebounds, and an assist. Robert Williams served up 14 points, 12 rebounds an assist, four steals, and three blocks.
Boston hasn’t been the best at closing out games in clutch time so winning this game in overtime was important moving them to 8-16 in games within five points in clutch (overtime) time. Notably, the Pacers and Magic are the only teams who are worse in this segment of games so beating Indy has to be put in perspective.
Payton Pritchard (quarantine) is questionable for Wednesday and the only Celtic on the injury list.
After ending their six-game losing streak with a victory versus the Jazz the Pacers went right back into the loss column on Monday. Although they held a four-point lead with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter Indy wasn’t able to close out the Celtics.
The game was pushed to overtime with Boston prevailing to highlight the Pacers’ issues in clutch time.
Domantas Sabonis was held in check in terms of scoring but managed to deliver a triple-double with 11 points, 23 rebounds (eight offensive boards), and 10 assists. Torrey Craig led the Pacers in scoring with 19 points.
Lance Stephenson scored 14 points and the trio of Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday, and Keifer Sykes each scored 11 points.
Between protocols and a sore Achilles, Malcolm Brogdon has missed the last nine games. The trio of Goga Bitadze, Caris LeVert, Justin Anderson are all in protocols as well. Rookie Chris Duarte missed the match Monday for personal reasons. All five are listed as questionable for Wednesday.
T.J. McConnell (wrist) and TJ Warren (foot) are out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings against each other
- The Celtics are 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 matches
- The over/under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head matches
- The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Indiana’s last 13 games played in January.
- The Celtics are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction
The Celtics will be trying to extend their win streak to three games in a row which they’ve done only once prior this season, when they beat the Lakers, Thunder, and Rockets in mid-November.
It’s a bit of a coin toss if the game hits clutch time (last five minutes game within five points) because neither team performs well in this dynamic but the Pacers are due to win one and I’m still not buying what the Celtics are selling.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pacers +3.5
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