Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics - 3/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (27-36) at Indiana Pacers (30-34)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers play host to the Boston Celtics tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Indiana Pacers have won 13 of their last 15 games and will be going for an eighth straight win after beating the Bucks by 109-103 in overtime in Thursday. Rodney Stuckey backed up his 34-point performance on Tuesday with a team-high 25 points against the Bucks and he had plenty of support as George Hill and Luis Scola also added 17 points each. It wasn't the most clinical of wins as the Pacers started sluggishly and then failed to put the game away in the fourth quarter, but they executed well on offense in the overtime period to keep the win streak alive. With the win, Indiana improved to 30-34 on the season and 18-14 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in some hot form themselves as they've won five of their last three including their last three straight. Last night against the Magic, Evan Turner led the way with a game-high 30 points on 12 of 20 shooting while Kelly Olynyk added 13 points as the Celtics beat the Magic by 95-88. With the win, Boston improved to 28-36 on the season which keeps them right in the mix for the last couple spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on zero days rest and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall, while the Pacers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Head to head, the Celtics are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
This seems like a lot of points to be giving the in-form Celtics, but the Pacers have been money at home lately as I've already mentioned above, so that's where I'm leaning here.