Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics - 3/10/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics - 3/10/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (42-21) at Indiana Pacers (39-25)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 217

The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life FieldHouse on Tuesday night.

 
The Boston Celtics have been in a bit of a rut lately as they've lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling painfully short to the Thunder in a 105-104 home loss on Sunday. Gordon Hayward led the team with 24 points and four assists, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum each scored 19 points while Kemba Walker chipped in with 14 points and five assists. As a team, the Celtics shot just 41 percent from the field and 13 of 37 from the 3-point line as they started well to lead by as many as 18 points, before seeing their lead disappear in the second half as they lost on a layup from the Thunder's Dennis Schroder with just 8.5 seconds left on the clock. With the last shot, the Celtics went to Tatum who missed the 18-foot game winner with the game on the line.
 
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in great shape lately as they've won eight of their last 10 games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after escaping Dallas with a 112-109 road win on Sunday. Domantas Sabonis led the way with 20 points, 17 rebounds and six assists while TJ Warren, Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo each scored 16 points as they set the tone with 31 points in the first quarter, but they found themselves in a battle and down by five points late in the fourth quarter, until they went on a decisive 8-0 run in the final 3:04 to escape with the unlikely win.
 
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team above .600 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Pacers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games, 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games following a road trip of seven or more days and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
 
Head to head, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Indiana and the Celtics are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
 
Jaylen Brown will remain out for Tuesday's game, while Malcolm Brogdon was diagnosed with a torn left quadriceps and is listed as week to week, so both teams will be shorthanded in this one. The Celtics still have more than enough talent to get the win and they are a solid 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, but the Pacers are just in a groove right now and they're gaining so much confidence with these narrow wins. Give me the Pacers to get the win at home behind a balanced scoring effort.
 

Peter’s Pick Indiana +1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.