Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics
|Date & Time||Sunday April 14, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Celtics -7 -- Over/Under: 209.5
The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in game one of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at the TD Garden.
The Indiana Pacers are in the playoffs for a fourth straight season and haven’t made it out of the first round since 2013-14. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 108 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 18 points and two assists while Domantas Sabonis is averaging 14.1 points and 9.3 rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Wesley Matthews is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Boston Celtics are in the playoffs for a fifth straight season and haven’t been bounced in the first round since 2015-16. The Boston Celtics are averaging 112.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.8 points and 6.9 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 15.7 points and six rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last six home games.
The Pacers are 36-13-2 ATS in their last 51 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Celtics are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 home games. 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.
These teams met less than two weeks ago and the Celtics won by 20 points on the road as one-point favorites. The Celtics underachieved in the regular season and won't have Marcus Smart for this series, but the talent and depth is there and if they put it together, they're still capable of making the NBA Finals. Kyrie is confident enough that he said nobody can beat the Celtics in a seven-game series, and those words show that this group knows regular season and playoffs are different. The Indiana Pacers are a solid team that plays together and gets after it defensively, but they can also go long stretches without scoring. The Pacers are also just 2-6 ATS this season when an underdog of six or more points. This has a bit of a statement feel to it. I'll lay the chalk with the Boston Celtics.