Boston vs. Indiana Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers are playing in the Eastern Conference Finals, with Game 1 next to come.

The Celtics enter their matchup against the Pacers as a 10-point favorite. The matchup features an over/under of 221.5.

Celtics vs. Pacers Odds

Point Spread for Celtics vs. Pacers

The spread for this matchup is set at 10 points, with oddsmakers listing the Celtics as the favorite.

Boston vs. Indiana Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Boston has -440 odds to win the game, while Indiana is listed at +340 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 221.5 points.

Game Time and How to Watch

  • When: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ESPN

Celtics vs. Pacers Betting Trends

The Celtics have put together a record of 42-36-4 against the spread this season. Boston has won 63, or 79.7%, of the 79 games it has played as the favorite this season. Celtics games have gone over the total 43 times this season.

The Pacers have compiled a 44-35-3 record against the spread this season. Indiana has been victorious in 20, or 52.6%, of the 38 contests it has been chosen as an underdog in this season. This season, Pacers games have hit the over 42 times.

Celtics vs. Pacers Key Players to Watch

Celtics

Jayson Tatum’s numbers on the season are 26.9 points, 4.9 assists and 8.1 boards per contest, shooting 47.1% from the floor and 37.6% from beyond the arc, with 3.1 made 3-pointers per game (seventh in NBA). Jaylen Brown is averaging 23.0 points, 3.6 assists and 5.5 boards per game. Derrick White is posting 15.2 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 boards per contest. Jrue Holiday’s numbers on the season are 12.5 points, 4.8 assists and 5.4 boards per game.

Pacers

Pascal Siakam’s averages for the season are 21.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists, making 53.6% of his shots from the floor and 34.6% from 3-point range, with 1.1 triples per game. Tyrese Haliburton contributes with 20.1 points per game, plus 3.9 boards and 10.9 assists. Myles Turner averages 17.1 points, 6.9 boards and 1.3 assists, making 52.4% of his shots from the field and 35.8% from 3-point range, with 1.5 treys per game. The Pacers get 10.2 points per game from T.J. McConnell, plus 2.7 boards and 5.5 assists.

What you need to know about the Celtics

The Celtics have been thriving both offensively and defensively this season, ranking second-best in the NBA in points per game (120.6) and fifth-best in points allowed per game (109.2). The Celtics are top-five this year in rebounding, ranking second-best in the league with 46.3 boards per game. Meanwhile, they rank 14th with 43.3 rebounds allowed per contest. So far this season, the Celtics rank 14th in the league in assists, putting up 26.9 per game.

Boston posts 123.1 points per game when playing at home, compared to 118.0 points per game on the road, a difference of 5.1 points per contest. Boston is dominating in terms of three-point shooting, as it ranks best in the league in threes (16.5 per game) and second-best in shooting percentage from three-point land (38.8%). With a 35.2% three-point percentage allowed this season, Boston is fourth-best in the NBA. It ranks 14th in the league by giving up 12.9 three-pointers per contest.

The Celtics have gone 8-2 in their past 10 contests, with a 6-4 record against the spread in that span. Five of Boston’s past 10 outings have gone over the total. The Celtics’ offense has been much less productive over their last 10 games, scoring 108.1 points a contest compared to the 120.6 they’ve averaged this season. Boston has been locking down opponents on the defensive end of the floor of late, allowing 96.7 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 109.2 it has conceded per game this year.

What you need to know about the Pacers

The Pacers are the best squad in the league in points scored (123.3 per game) but fourth-worst in points allowed (120.2). On the boards, Indiana is third-worst in the NBA in rebounds (41.5 per game). It is 15th in rebounds conceded (43.4 per game). The Pacers are best in the league in assists (30.8 per game) in 2023-24.

The Pacers are scoring more points at home (125.5 per game) than away (121.0). The Pacers make 13.2 3-pointers per game and shoot 37.4% from beyond the arc, ranking 10th and ninth, respectively, in the league. Defensively, Indiana is best in the NBA in 3-pointers conceded per game at 10.7. It is 16th in 3-point percentage allowed at 36.5%.

The Pacers have gone 6-4 over their past 10 games, with a 6-4 record against the spread during that span. In its past 10 contests, Indiana has gone over the total six times. Indiana is putting up 114.5 points per contest in its previous 10 games, which is 8.8 fewer points than its average for the season (123.3). While the Pacers are giving up 120.2 points per game in 2023-24, they have improved that mark over their previous 10 games, allowing 110.5 points per contest.

Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Celtics, and we expect that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -10). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 221.5 points.

How to bet Celtics vs. Pacers

You can bet on Boston vs. Indiana at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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