Celtics vs. Pacers - 11/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (1-4) at Boston Celtics (1-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -4 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-IN, CSN-NE
The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics square off Friday night at the TD Garden.
The Indiana Pacers have lost four straight games and will continue to struggle until they get much of their key players healthy. Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson and David West continue to miss time with injuries and it’s really impacting Indiana’s offense. The Pacers are averaging just 91.8 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting from the field. Chris Copeland, Donald Sloan and Roy Hibbert are the only players averaging in the double digits. While Hibbert hasn’t quite returned to his All-Star form, he has grabbed 44 rebounds and produced 21 blocks in the first five games, being a much needed spark for the Pacers. Defense is what keeps the Pacers in games, as they’re allowing 94.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting. The Indiana Pacers have allowed less than 100 points in seven of their last eight games.
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The Boston Celtics have lost three straight games and hope to win their second home game of the season. The Celtics are being carried by an offense that’s averaging 108.7 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting from the field and 28.8 percent shooting from downtown. Jeff Green leads the way with 22.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Avery Bradley is averaging 17.3 points. While Rajon Rondo hasn’t been contributing much in the scoring department, he is becoming more of a complete player with nine rebounds and 12.5 assists. Rookie Marcus Smart is 7-16 from the field in his last two games, which is a big improvement considering how he started the season. Defensively, the Boston Celtics have struggled by allowing 109.3 points on 48.3 percent shooting. The Celtics have lost 14 of their last 16 games when allowing 100 or more points.
The Pacers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 9-31 ATS in their last 40 games playing on 1 days rest. The Celtics are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Pacers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
Usually when we get two below average teams, I tend to side with the better defensive team. There’s no question that’s the Pacers in this spot. Getting four free points with Indiana, which is also the more talented team overall, seems to be the way to go.