Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers
|Date & Time||Friday April 5, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Line: Indiana -1.5 -- Over/Under 215
ESPN, NBSB, FSIN
The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night.
The Boston Celtics will be aiming to finish off the regular season on a high note as they’ve won four of their last five games and they will be looking for a third straight victory after beating the Heat in a 112-102 road win on Wednesday. Gordon Hayward led the team with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists off the bench, Kyrie Irving added 23 points with four assists while Al Horford chipped in with 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 47 percent from the field and nine of 24 from the 3-point line, but in a close contest, it was the Celtics’ defense that was the difference as they couldn’t pull away until the fourth quarter where they held the Heat to just 21 points. With the win, Boston improved to 47-32 overall and 19-20 on the road which is good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in a rut as they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games, but they will be gunning for a third straight victory after blowing past the Pistons in a 108-89 road win on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young led the team with 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner each scored 17 points while Domantas Sabonis chipped in with 15 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, the Pacers shot 46 percent from the field and six of 21 from the 3-point line, but what was impressive was their defensive effort as they held the Pistons to just 36 points in the first half to set up the win to improve to 47-32 overall and 18-22 on the road which is good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Friday games.
Head to head, the under is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings in Indiana, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the Celtics are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Celtics haven't been at their best lately, but they will be feeling much better after back to back wins over the Heat. The same could be said about the Pacers who were in a serious slump before beating the shorthanded Pistons twice. I'm tempted to take the Celtics here, but they are just 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall, so I'm leaning towards the Pacers who are 10-4 ATS in their last 144 home games.