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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - 1/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
The Line: Boston Celtics -6.5 -- Over/Under: 213
TV Channel
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The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Indiana Pacers look for a statement victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 107.7 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 101.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 20.1 points and 5.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Domantas Sabonis is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won six of their last eight road games.

The Boston Celtics look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.9 points and 6.6 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won their last five home games.

The Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games. The Celtics are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 home games, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 7-2 in Celtics last 9 overall. The over is 5-0 in Pacers last 5 overall.

The Boston Celtics are finally starting to put things together during this winning stretch, which includes shooting 50.1 percent from the field and outscoring teams by 11 points in their last five games. When the Celtics play to their potential, they're the best team in the East. The Indiana Pacers have quietly been one of the more consistent teams in the league over the month or so, and they've had no problem scoring and winning on the road. The Pacers have also won each of the last three meetings against the Celtics. I could see this game going either way, but in a battle between two hot teams, I can't leave free buckets on the road. The value for me is with the Pacers and the points.

Indiana Pacers +6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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