Celtics at Pacers 4/21/19 - NBA Playoffs Picks & Predictions
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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers
NBA: 1:00 PM EST
Apr. 21, 2019
Latest Odds : BOS -2 Total 203
The Boston Celtics will go for the sweep when they battle the Indiana Pacers from Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon. On Friday, Boston raced out to a 13-point lead after one quarter and made the plays down the stretch of a 104-96 road victory. The Celtics outrebounded the Pacers by a 45-40 margin and connected on 15-for-34 from the three-point line.
Boston F Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 23 points on 8-for-9 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Kyrie Irving contributed 19 points and ten assists for the Celtics.
The Indiana Pacers struggle on the offensive end of the floor and have missed 28 of their 40 uncontested shots during the first three games of this series. In Game Three, Indiana managed just 12 points during the third quarter and shot 42 percent overall. The Pacers assisted on 20 of their 34 made field goals and held a 34-22 advantage in points scored in the paint.
Tyreke Evans led seven Indiana players in double figures with 19 points off the bench. Myles Turner added 13 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort for the Pacers.
Recent Betting Trends:
Over is 7-2 in Celtics last 9 road games.
Over is 4-1 in Pacers last 5 home games.
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Indiana.
Celtics are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Pacers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Betting Pick: Boston Celtics -2
Boston G Marcus Smart (oblique) is ecstatic with the progress that he has made, but is still not close to returning. These two teams rank in the top six in defensive efficiency, so the under is worth a look. The stronger play is on Boston to complete the sweep. Final Score Prediction, Boston Celtics win and cover ATS 104-97.