In this high caliber Eastern duel, the best and the sixth best teams of the conference are clashing, when the Boston Celtics (40-16), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Indiana Pacers (30-25), who want to return to the winning ways. Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-09-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -4
Celtics have a 40-16 record (34-20-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Wizards in overtime with a 110-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 24.8 ppg, adding 5 assists per game. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 14.2 ppg and 5.4 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 13.3 ppg and team highs both in rebounding with 7.8 and in assists made, with 5.2 per game.
Pacers have a 30-25 record (29-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the East. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Wizards with a 102-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 24 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 13.6 ppg, while Miles Turner adds 13.5 ppg and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Celtics have won both previous meetings against the Pacers this season, both on the road. Celtics are 21-8 at home so far this season, while Pacers are 11-14 on the road. Pacers are better offensively, scoring 106.7 ppg to Celtics’ 103.1, while Celtics have the second-best defense in the league, allowing 98.8 ppg to Pacers’ 105.6. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.16% to Celtics’ 44.83% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.38% to Celtics’ 37.2%. They are also better in assists made, with 22.5 to Celtics’ 22.1, while Celtics are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.4 to Pacers’ 41.3. Celtics are hot once again and Pacers are not stable enough to pose a threat in Boston. Vegas odds give Celtics a -4 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory today.
Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -4 (-109)
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