Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics - 3/11/14
Boston Celtics (22-41) at Indiana Pacers (46-17)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -12 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers will be desperate to snap their four-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Boston Celtics to town.
The Pacers have yet to snap out of their midseason slump, losing four straight and coming off a 105-94 loss to the Mavericks. Paul George led the way with 27 points, Lance Stephenson had 21 and George Hill added 20, but even with the defense holding Dirk Nowitzki to just three of 14 shooting, it still wasn't enough. The problem was on the bench where the Pacers' reserves got outscored by their counterparts by 41-4 and the biggest culprit was Evan Turner who played 25 minutes and scored just two points. With Miami winning last night, Indiana's lead in the Eastern Conference is cut down to just one game.
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Meanwhile, the Celtics have won three of their last five and will be going for a third straight win after taking down the Pistons by 118-111 on Sunday. Jeff Green made five three pointers en route to a team-high 27 points, Kris Humphries added 20 points and Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 18 assists as the Celtics beat the Pistons in a shootout. As a team, the Celtics did a great job of sharing the ball without turning it over, making 38 assists on 47 shots while turning it over a season-low five times only. They'll need to continue that ball movement against one of the league's best defenses as they play the Pacers tonight.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, while the Pacers are 5-17-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the Celtics are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Under is 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings in Indiana.
It's not surprise that the Pacers have opened as double-digit favorites at home but given their slump that they're in, I just don't see how you can lay that many points. I love the C's with the points in this game.