Two of the top-4 teams in the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the Boston Celtics (46-20), are hosting the Indiana Pacers (38-28), with both teams looking to continue on the winning ways and secure the best possible placement and the home court advantage in the postseason. Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-11-2018, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -6.5
Celtics have a 46-20 record (40-24-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Timberwolves with a 117-109 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 24.7 ppg, adding a team high 5.2 assists per game. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 14.1 ppg and 5.2 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 12.8 ppg, 4.9 assists and a team high 7.5 rebounds per game.
Pacers have a 38-28 record (37-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the East. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against the Hawks with a 112-87 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 23.7 ppg, adding 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 14.4 ppg, while Miles Turner adds 13.5 ppg and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Celtics lead the Pacers 2-1 wins so far this season with each team having won on the road. The previous game in Boston ended with a 91-97 score. Celtics are 23-11 at home so far this season, while Pacers are 15-16 on the road. Pacers are better offensively, scoring 106.1 ppg to Celtics’ 104.6, while Celtics have the second-best defense in the league, allowing 100.2 ppg to Pacers’ 104.5. Pacers have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47.63% to Celtics’ 45.15%, while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.4% to Pacers’ 37.06%. Celtics are better in assists made, with 22.5 to Celtics’ 22 and in rebounding, grabbing 44.4 to Pacers’ 42.4. Celtics are the favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Pacers will force a closer game like the previous one in Boston.
Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Indiana Pacers +6.5 (-107)
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