Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Prediction 04/21/19

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The Boston Celtics (3-0) will try to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals when they travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to meet the Indiana Pacers (0-3) in game four of the First Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Celtics opened as 2.5-point favorites. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 203.5 points and action gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers Betting Odds

In game three, Irving led the Celtics to a 104-96 victory. He registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists. Boston covered as a 2.5-point underdog and the two teams combined to put up 200 points, which was just under the projected point total of 205. The Celtics’ 22.0 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over the Pacers, who had a mark of 18.2.

Of the Celtics’ 85 games, 46 have finished over the O/U total. Boston comes into the contest with records of 52-33 straight up (SU) and 41-42-2 against the spread (ATS).

Games including the Pacers have a tendency to finish under the projected point total (58.8 percent). Moreover, Indiana owns records of 48-37 SU and 40-44-1 ATS.

Baskets could be hard to come by in this contest between a pair of the league’s best defenses. Indiana currently ranks fourth in defensive efficiency (104.8) and Boston is fifth (105.1). Furthermore, the Celtics rank fifth in turnover percentage (12.3 percent), while the Pacers rank second in opponents’ turnover percentage (15.0 percent).

Celtics at Pacers Odds Pick

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Pacers, ATS Winner – Pacers, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Boston ranks seventh in three pointers attempted per game (34.3) while Indiana ranks 29th (25.6).
  • The Celtics rank third in steals allowed per game (6.9) while the Pacers rank 10th (7.3).
  • Indiana ranks 19th in points in the paint per game (48.4) while Boston ranks 25th (44.4).
  • Indiana averages 19.0 points off turnovers per game, which ranks third in the NBA. Boston ranks seventh in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.9).
  • The Celtics rank second in blocks allowed per game (3.9) while the Pacers rank 19th (5.1).
  • The Celtics rank seventh in assists per game (26.1) while the Pacers rank 13th in assists allowed per game (24.3).
  • Boston averages 16.3 fast break points per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. Indiana ranks 18th in fast break points allowed per game (14.0).
  • When allowing under 100 points, Boston is 19-4 and Indiana is 25-5.
  • The Pacers are 43-17 when they reach the century mark, while the Celtics are 50-24.
  • Indiana is 23-19 ATS at home, while Boston is 19-21-2 ATS on the road.
  • The Celtics have 21 overs, 19 unders and 2 pushes in 42 road games.
  • Of the Pacers’ 42 home games, they have 27 unders, 14 overs and 1 push.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Celtics are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Pacers are 1-4.
  • In their last five games, Boston has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Indiana has 4 unders and 1 over.
  • The Celtics’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 4.6 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Pacers have scored an average of 98.4 points per game (8.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 105.8 points per game (1.4 above their season average).