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(25-7) Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers (17-13)
Date: Monday December 19
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -134
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 206
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The Boston Celtics continue their road trip, as they travel to face the Indiana Pacers.
The Celtics are one of the best teams in the east right now, but have been up and down over the last six games. Indiana has been playing well with Victor Oladipo leading the charge for Indiana. Oladipo is front runner for most improved player this year.
The last time the Celtics and Pacers took the court against each other, was earlier this season in Boston. The Celtics got the win, 108-98. Look for the Pacers to have a packed house for this game.
The Boston Celtics have been going through the motions the past few games. Despite playing .500 over the last six, the Celtics are still a top team in the east. Boston won their most recent road game, beating the Grizzlies, 102-93.
Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 20 points.
Aside from Irving’s performance, the Celtics shot 48.8 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three. Jason Tatum continues to impress as a rookie. Tatum had 19 points and nine rebounds on seven of 13 shooting from the floor.
The Celtics offense has been impressive this season. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field this season. Scoring efficiently in the painted area around the rim.
This is an added dimension to the teams offense, they did not have last year with ball dominant score first Isaiah Thomas running the show.
On the defensive side of the court, the Celtics have been the best in the NBA. The Celtics are allowing 98.1 points per game this year. Ranking the Celtics first in the NBA in points allowed. Irving has contributed on defense significantly this season.
He is averaging 1.3 steals per game.
As Irving goes, so do the Celtics. The team plays extremely efficient on both sides of the court. Their record proves why they could be the best team in the east.
The Indiana Pacers have been playing well. The team is happy to see Victor Oladipo develop into an all star caliber player. Oladipo is leading the Pacers in scoring with 24.4 points per game this season.
Oladipo’s play this year is one of the reasons Indiana in raked in the top ten in scoring at 106.8 points per game.
The Pacers beat the Nets in their most recent game, 106-97. The Pacers were led by Oladipo’s 26 points. Indiana shot 56.6 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three point land in the win.
If the Pacers are going to beat the Celtics tonight, they should be prepared for a tough team defense.
Head Coach Brad Stevens has done a heck of a job working with what the Celtics have. Especially without their second best player in Gordon Heyward who is sidelined for the year. Stevens is coaching so well this season, the Celtics are 25-7.
He is the early season leader for coach of the year.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-2 in BOS last 10 road games
- Over is 7-2 in BOS last 9 games as a road favorite
- Over is 12-4 in BOS last 16 overall
- IND are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall
- BOS are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana
- Under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in Indiana
Free Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
Expect the Boston Celtics to come out playing hard nose defense. A lot of teams like to take a night or two off, but Boston is different. Look for the Celtics to limit Oladipo 20 points or less tonight.
Indiana is at home, but they aren’t the better team. Yes, Victor Oladipo has been playing light’s out, but no one else on the roster really jumps out as a threat to the Celtics in this one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics – 2.5
Boston has a good road record at 12-4 this year. Look for Boston to handle business on the road, lead by Kyrie Irving. Take the Celtics to cover.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 115 – Pacers 107
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