Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/1/14
Indiana Pacers (43-13) at Boston Celtics (20-39)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics welcome the Indiana Pacers to TD Garden tonight.
The Celtics were able to snap a five-game skid on Wednesday by taking down the Hawks by 115-104. Rajon Rondo had a nice game of 22 points and 11 assists and Jeff Green added 17 points, but the Celtics got a major boost from Jerryd Bayless who scored a season-high 29 points in a rare start. As a team, the Celtics took full advantage of the shorthanded Hawks and dominated the boards by 46-29 including 14 offense rebounds which really took its toll on the Hawks and won them the game. With the win, Boston improved to 20-39 on the season and 12-17 at home where they have won three of their last five.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers have won four of their last five and will be going for a fourth straight win after taking down the lowly Bucks by 101-96 on Thursday. Playing against an inferior opponent, the Pacers showed no mercy and jumped out to 30-15 first quarter lead before squandering the lead and having to rally to take down the Bucks. Roy Hibbert led the team with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Paul George and Lance Stephenson added 18 points apiece as Indiana improved to 44-13 to stay two games clear of the second-placed Heat in the Eastern Conference standings.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Celtics are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games following a win and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Boston and the Under is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall.
This is really a game where the Pacers should win easily, but they haven't been dominant on the road like I thought they'd be so I'm actually taking the Celtics with the points in this one.