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

Game
Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers
Date & Time Friday April 19, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN
The Line
The Line: Indiana -3 -- Over/Under 203.5
TV Channel
ABC
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 The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers duke it out in Game 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night.

The Boston Celtics will be aiming to take a commanding 3-0 series lead after taking down the Pacers in a 99-91 home win in Game 2. Kyrie Irving drained six 3-pointers to lead the team with a game-high 37 points with six rebounds and seven assists, Jayson Tatum added 26 points on 11 of 20 shooting while Gordon Hayward chipped in with 13 points off the bench. As a team, the Celtics shot 47 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from the 3-point line as they managed just 16 points in the third quarter to trail by as many as 12 points, before outscoring the Pacers by 31-12 in a dominant fourth quarter display. The Celtics will be delighted with the win, but they will be hoping to get more production from Jaylen Brown who scored just six points and Marcus Morris who shot zero of eight to finish scoreless. 

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers looked to have complete control of the game when they led by 12 points late in the third quarter, but they just couldn’t keep it going as they managed just 12 points in a disastrous fourth quarter. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 23 points, eight rebounds and four steals, Thaddeus Young added 15 points while Darren Collison and Tyreke Evans each scored 13 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 34 from the 3-point line as they needed more scoring from Myles Turner who finished with eight points, Wesley Matthews who scored six points and especially the reliable Domantas Sabonis who scored just one point in 22 minutes of action.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 Conference Quarterfinals games, 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The pacers are 6-0 ATS in their last seven home games following a road trip of seven of more days, 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Indiana and the Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The Celtics did a great job of winning both of their home games to start the series, so the pressure is now on the Pacers to hold serve or risk facing a sweep in Game 4. Irving led from the front with 37 points in Game 2 which was enough to get it done at home, but the Celtics’ role players like Brown, Horford and Tatum all need to step up on the road. The Pacers will be rueing their missed chances after blowing that 12-point lead in Game 2, but they’ve been tough to beat at home all season and with so much on the line, I think the home crowd can get them over the line here.

Pick:
Indiana -3
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