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(16-12) Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers (15-15)
Date: Thursday December 22
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Boston -1
NBA Betting Total: 209
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Thursday night NBA features two teams facing off in the evening’s first tilt at Bankers Life Fieldhouse from the Eastern Conference. Neither has lived up to their full expectations, but one looks to be back on track, entering this contest on a three-game winning streak.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
The Celtics, who have struggled all year to fully live up to their second-place-out-East expectations, recently went through a rough patch. They dropped four out of five to the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, only winning against the lowly Orlando Magic.
Yes, it’s true that all of those teams that dealt this squad losses are contenders in their respective conferences. The catch is that Boston was supposed to fall into that same category, while it’s clearly a step behind at this point in the process.
The good news is things have appeared better in the team’s last three outings. Entering this contest the Celtics have won three straight, pulling off victories against the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies.
Again, it’s true that none of these clubs are on the same level as the quartet that steamrolled over Boston during its recent struggle.
But what’s also true is that beating these three proves that Boston is at least on their level and righting the ship when it comes to proving their worth in the top-heavy Eastern Conference.
Indiana has yet to make a run this season that truly puts it over the .500 hump and into the next level of contender.
It also hasn’t completely fallen off the map yet, losing in big bunches, making you feel like this team is officially out of the playoff hunt.
This team has neither won nor lost more than two games in a row this season.
Simply put: The Pacers have been maddeningly, consistently inconsistent.
On the year, Indy is posting 104.5 points per contest. That number is good enough to put them at 14th in the league.
Defensively, this group is 21st in the NBA, allowing 106.2 points on a nightly basis.
Against Boston, the Pacers face another group that is fairly neutral on both sides of the ball. The Celtics are 16th in scoring per game and 21st in points per contest allowed.
Hence the close spread despite Boston being on another level (if only just one level higher).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Celtics are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Celtics are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
In terms of recent trends, you really can’t go wrong picking either against the spread. That fact is made even more complicated by the razon-thin spread ahead of this contest.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Boston ATS
What we can’t ignore, however, is recent success straight up. Boston has found its groove, while the Pacers are still looking to take a leap.
Give this one to the road team, and give it to them by more than a single point.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston Celtics 99 – Indiana Pacers 96
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