In Game 1 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal, the fourth-seeded Boston Celtics (49-33), who have been playing better lately having lost only once in their last 5 games, are hosting the fifth-seeded Indiana Pacers (48-34), who tried but failed to maintain the home court advantage after losing their star player for the season.
Date/Time: 04-14-2019, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -6.5
Boston Celtics finished the regular season with a 49-33 record (39-42-1 against the spread) and were placed 4th in the East. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Wizards with a 116-110 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.8 ppg, adding 5 boards and a team high 6.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 15.7 ppg and 6 boards per game.
Indiana Pacers finished the regular season with a 48 -34 record (41-41 against the spread) and were placed 5th in the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Hawks with a 135-134 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and 5.2 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 18 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their four previous meetings in the regular season the Celtics led the Pacers 3-1 wins, winning both home games by an average of 19.5 points. Celtics have a 28-13 home record, while the Pacers are 19-22 on the road. Celtics are better offensively, scoring 112.4 ppg to Pacers’ 108, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 104.7 ppg to Celtics’ 108. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals (47.5% to 46.5%) and in 3-pointers (37.4% to 36.5%). Celtics are better in boards grabbed (44.5 to 43), in dimes made (26.3 to 26) and in turnovers committed (12.4 to 13.3). Celtics are the favorite for the win and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Game 1 Prediction: Boston Celtics -6.5 (-108)
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