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Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics - 11/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (6-2) at Indiana Pacers (6-3)
Date & Time Saturday November 3, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Indiana Pacers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5
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NBA | Boston Celtics (6-2) at Indiana Pacers (6-3)
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The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Boston Celtics look to stay hot while building on their four-game winning streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 104.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 17.9 points and 5.6 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16 points and 7.9 rebounds. March Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.6 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won three straight road games.

The Indiana Pacers look for a statement win after winning four of their last five games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 108.8 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 22 points and 4.4 assists while Domantas Sabonis is averaging 14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.4 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won two of their first three home games.

The Celtics are 42-17 ATS in their last 59 Saturday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Pacers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 vs. NBA Atlantic, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Celtics last 10 road games and the over is 5-2 in Pacers last 7 overall.

Both of these teams are east contenders, so this is a big early test for both sides. And while the Boston Celtics have the rest advantage, it's the Indiana Pacers who have won the last two meetings. The Indiana Pacers seem to have a bit of a chip o ntheir shoulder and play with a little more intensity, especially at home. The Celtics have kind of cruised out of the gate and have really had problems on the offensive side. It just feels like the Indiana Pacers are itching to prove that they're a team that needs to be respected. I like them at home and the free bucket.

Indiana Pacers +2.5

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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