Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers
|Date & Time||Sunday April 21, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Line: Indiana +2.5 -- Over/Under 204
The Indiana Pacers will be aiming to stave off elimination as they battle the Boston Celtics in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.
The Boston Celtics are now just one win away from a trip to the second round after taking down the Pacers in a hard fought 104-96 road win in Game 3. Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 23 points and seven rebounds on eight of nine shooting, Kyrie Irving added 19 points with five rebounds and 10 assists, Jayson Tatum added 18 points while Al Horford chipped in with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 46 percent from the field and 15 of 34 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 41 points in the first quarter, but the key to the win was their defense in the second half, especially in the pivotal third quarter where they outscored the Pacers by 21-12. Irving was the hero in Game 3, but on Friday, it was a more balanced scoring effort as five players finished in double figures.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers are now hoping to stave off elimination after falling the Celtics in Game 3 on Friday. Tyreke Evans led the team with 19 points on six of 10 shooting off the bench, Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 points with five rebounds and four assists while Myles Turner chipped in with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. As a team, the Pacers shot just 42 percent from the field and 11 of 30 from the 3-point line as they outscored the Celtics by 33-18 in the second quarter to lead by two points going into halftime. However, the Pacers couldn’t find any offense in the second half where they managed just 35 points. The Pacers had seven players finish in double figures in scoring, but without the services of Victor Oladipo, the Pacers just don’t have the backcourt depth to hang with the Celtics in crunch time.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four Conference Quarterfinals games, 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall. The Pacers are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 Conference Quarterfinals games, 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Celtics are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Celtics are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Indiana.
The Pacers have been close in each game in this series, but it’s becoming more and more evident how much they miss that go-to scorer to get them over the line. The Pacers now have their backs against the wall as they look to stave off elimination, so look for them to come out firing. However, if the game is close at the end, I’m sticking with the Celtics to come out on top and book their tickets to the second round.