Celtics vs Pacers Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, December 21, 2022

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A matchup between one of the NBA’s top squads at defending the three and one of the top shooting teams, the Boston Celtics (22-9) are 10-point favorites against the Indiana Pacers (15-16) at TD Garden on December 21, 2022. The Celtics rank third in the league in triples allowed per game (11.1), and the Pacers are fifth in threes made (14.6). A 233-point over/under is installed for this matchup.

How to bet Celtics vs. Pacers

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Odds

Point Spread

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

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -480 odds to pick up the win, while the Pacers are listed at +366 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 233 points.

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Celtics vs. Pacers Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBCS
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Arena: TD Garden

Celtics vs. Pacers Betting Trends

Against the spread, the Celtics are 17-13-1 this year. Boston has come away with 20 wins in the 29 contests it has been listed as the favorite in this season. Celtics games this year have eclipsed the over/under 17 times in 31 opportunities (54.8%).

The Pacers are 17-14-0 against the spread this season. Indiana has been the moneyline underdog 23 total times this season. Indy has gone 10-13 in those games. The Pacers have hit the over 45.2% of the time this year (14 of 31 games with a set point total).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Celtics

Celtics Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 29 30.2 8.2 4.1 1.1 0.9 3.3
Jaylen Brown 29 26.4 7.4 3.5 1.2 0.5 2.4
Malcolm Brogdon 26 13.8 4.1 3.7 0.5 0.3 1.9
Marcus Smart 28 11.8 3.3 7.3 1.3 0.4 1.9
Derrick White 31 9.9 2.8 3.1 0.8 0.7 1.6

Pacers

Pacers Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Tyrese Haliburton 29 19.5 4 10.7 1.7 0.4 2.8
Bennedict Mathurin 31 17.9 4.1 1.5 0.6 0.1 1.9
Buddy Hield 31 17.7 4.6 2.6 1 0.3 3.6
Myles Turner 25 16.9 7.8 1.4 0.6 2.2 1.7
Jalen Smith 30 10.5 6.3 1.1 0.4 1 1.1
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Celtics: Grant Williams: Probable (Illness), Marcus Smart: Questionable (Illness), Danilo Gallinari: Out (Knee)

Pacers: Kendall Brown: Out (Leg), Daniel Theis: Out (Knee)

What you need to know about the Boston Celtics

Boston is allowing 112.2 points per game this year (13th-ranked in NBA), but it has really played well offensively, scoring 118.2 points per game (best). The Celtics are posting 122.5 points per game when playing at home. On the road, they are averaging 114.2 points per contest. The Celtics have seen a decrease in scoring lately, racking up 111.7 points per game in their last 10 contests, 6.5 points fewer than the 118.2 they’ve scored this year.

In terms of three-point shooting, things are clicking for Boston, who is sinking 16 three-pointers per game (second-best in NBA) and shooting 38.1% from beyond the arc (fourth-best). In terms of shot breakdown, the Celtics have taken 51.9% two-pointers (accounting for 61.9% of the team’s buckets) and 48.1% from beyond the arc (38.1%).

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What you need to know about the Indiana Pacers

Indiana is 13th in the league in points scored (114.6 per game) and 21st in points allowed (115.6). At home, the Pacers score 116.6 points per game. On the road, they average 112.5. The Pacers are putting up 112.5 points per contest over their last 10 games, which is 2.1 fewer points than their average for the season (114.6).

Indiana is the fifth-best team in the league in 3-pointers made (14.6 per game) and 12th in 3-point percentage (36.5%). In 2022-23, the Pacers have attempted 44.8% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 55.2% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 35.8% of the Pacers’ buckets have been 3-pointers, and 64.2% have been 2-pointers.

Our prediction to win this game is the Celtics, and we project that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -10). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 233 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Luis Escalante

Luis has been a regular contributor to 4for4 since 2014 and is currently the Director of Strategy at Betsperts Group. Luis comes from an analytics background, leveraging his data skills with multiple years of experience in NFL, fantasy football, daily fantasy sports, and betting.

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