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(3-4) Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers (4-4)
Date: Saturday November 12th
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Indiana -4
NBA Betting Total: 216
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The Indiana Pacers are coming of their fourth win of the season, while the Boston Celtics are coming off a loss at the hands of the lowly Washington Wizards. But now both teams are looking to put all that in the past, and come out victorious in this outing.
The Boston Celtics are coming off their worst loss of the season after giving up 118 points to the 2-5 Washington Wizards.
Their defense continued to slip up play after play, allowing the Wizards to shoot 50% from the field. That was a key contributor in earning the loss, because the Celtics just couldn’t stop Washington from scoring.
The Wizards were able to get five different players into double-digit scoring totals, and that really helped them come out with the win. Boston just had no answer to stopping Otto Porter Junior (scored 34 points) and John Wall (scored 19 points). And because of that they were able to continue scoring at will.
Now Boston was without star centre Al Horford due to the fact that he’s still in concussion protocol. But he still won’t be able to play next match, meaning Tyler Zeller and Amir Johnson have got to step up.
Boston matches up well with the Indiana Pacers. They’re just as talented as Indiana, but it’s ultimately going to come down to getting defensive stops, and crashing the boards. If Boston can do just that they’ll come out with the win.
Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis have been struggling some for the Indiana Pacers. So that means Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley have got to outplay the Pacers backcourt, if they are to win this game.
Because Indiana has more talent at the wing position and at center, meaning the only way Boston is going to come out on top is if they’re backcourt can stand out and outscore the Pacers.
The Indiana Pacers are sitting at 4-4 to start the early portions of the 2016-17 season. After coming away with their first win against the L.A. Lakers, Indiana has allowed two games to slip out of their hands to weaker competition.
They lost their first game of the season to the Brooklyn Nets, while also dropping another game to the injury pledged Milwaukee Bucks. That’s just not going to cut it if the team plans on being a top tier team in the Eastern Conference.
I mean they almost lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s just unacceptable if they’re planning on being contenders. But a lot of that has to due with the fact that the Pacers are a new team.
They added Jeff Teague, Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young in the offseason, and now it’s taking sometime for the team to get adjusted to playing with those three new additions.
Jeff Teague is shooting just 37.4% from the field, while Al Jefferson is making 45% of his field goal attempts. That’s not going to cut it, if the team plans on going far this season.
The good this is though, Jeff Teague is matching up with Isaiah Thomas, while Al Jefferson is going to be going up against the he Celtics second unit. Isaiah isn’t a good defender, so Jeff has got to use that to his advantage. And Al has got to beast of the Celtics reserves.
Indiana has also got their star forward Paul George who should have a big game, as Boston is without some of their best defenders.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games
- Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
- Celtics are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games
- Celtics are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
Free Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
The Indiana Pacers are favorites to win this one, so look for them to come out on top. Boston just continues to struggle getting defensive stops due to rebounding issues, meaning the Pacers will score at will.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 216
The Celtics are dead last in defensive rating, giving up 112.3 points per game. Meaning they’ll likely give up around that much to the Indiana Pacers, so look for this to be a high scoring affair.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pacers 110 – Celtics 108
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