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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/17/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics
Date & Time Wednesday April 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
The Line: Boston Celtics -7.5 -- Over/Under: 203
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The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in game two of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at the TD Garden.

The Indiana Pacers would love to tie up this series at 1-1 before heading home for game three. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 74 points on 33.3 percent shooting and allowing 84 points on 36.4 percent shooting. Cory Joseph is averaging 14 points and two rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 12 points and two rebounds. Darren Collinson is dishing five assists and Domantas Sabonis is grabbing nine rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 22.2 percent from beyond the arc and 57.1 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost seven of their last nine road games.

The Boston Celtics can take complete control of this series with a victory here and building a 2-0 lead. The Boston Celtics are averaging 84 points on 36.4 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 33.3 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 20 points and seven assists while Marcus Morris is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 22.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 55 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won four of their last seven home games.

The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games, 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. The Celtics are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games, 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Pacers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in Pacers last 7 overall.

The Boston Celtics won game one by double digits, and that was with them shooting a brutal 36.4 percent from the field. We can expect a better shooting performance from the Celtics this time around, but I'm not sure we can say the same for the Pacers. Since Victor Oladipo went down for the season, the Pacers always seem to have a stretch in the game where nothing falls and scoring becomes nearly impossible. The Pacers are also just 2-7 now ATS when an underdog of six or more points. While it's just one game, the Boston Celtics seem to be playing with that pep in their step again, and they're one of the scariest teams in the league when playing to their full potential. The Pacers just don't have enough consistent offense to be much of a threat in this series. 

Boston Celtics -7.5

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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