A contest between a pair of the NBA’s best shooting squads will see the Boston Celtics (50-23, 15.9 threes per game) play the Indiana Pacers 33-40, (13.8 threes per game) at TD Garden on March 24, 2023. The Celtics are 11.5-point favorites. The matchup has a 236 point total.
How to bet Celtics vs. Pacers
Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 11.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -631 odds to pick up the win, while the Pacers are listed at +454 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 236 points.
Celtics vs. Pacers Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 24, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
- Arena: TD Garden
Celtics vs. Pacers Betting Trends
The Celtics have played 73 games, with 37 wins against the spread. Boston has won 48, or 70.6%, of the 68 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Celtics games this year have hit the over 39 times in 73 opportunities (53.4%).
The Pacers have 39 wins against the spread in 73 games this year. Indiana has won 23 of the 56 games it was the underdog on the moneyline this season (41.1%). Pacers games this season have hit the over on 37 of 73 set point totals (50.7%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Celtics vs. Pacers Injury Report
Pacers: Kendall Brown: Out (Leg), Tyrese Haliburton: Questionable (Knee), Chris Duarte: Questionable (Ankle)
What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
Boston has been lifted by its offense, as it ranks third-best in the NBA by scoring 117.8 points per game. It ranks sixth in the league in points allowed (112.2 per contest). In home games, the Celtics are averaging 5.5 more points per game (120.7) than they are in road games (115.2). The Celtics have seen an uptick in scoring recently, racking up 118.5 points per game in their last 10 contests, 0.7 points more than the 117.8 they’ve scored this season.
When it comes to three-point shooting, it’s been a dominant stretch for Boston, who is draining 15.9 treys per game (second-best in NBA) and shooting 37.7% from three-point land (fifth-best). Of the shots attempted by the Celtics in 2022-23, 52.2% of them have been two-pointers (62% of the team’s made baskets) and 47.8% have been threes (38%).
What you need to know about the Indiana Pacers
Offensively, Indiana is the 12th-ranked squad in the NBA (115.9 points per game). Defensively, it is fifth-worst (118.2 points allowed per game). The Pacers average 118.6 points per game at home, and 113.2 away. The Pacers have performed better offensively in their previous 10 games, posting 120.6 points per contest, 4.7 more than their season average of 115.9.
In 2022-23 Indiana is fifth-best in the league in 3-point makes (13.8 per game), and it ranks No. 11 in 3-point percentage (36.6%). The Pacers take 42.1% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 57.9% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 33% of the Pacers’ buckets are 3-pointers, and 67% are 2-pointers.
Our prediction to win this contest is the Celtics, and we expect that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -11.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 236 points.
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