Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers: 12/29/2020 NBA Betting Preview, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on December 29, 2020

The Indiana Pacers (3-0) are favored (-1) to extend a three-game winning streak when they host the Boston Celtics (1-2) at 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The contest airs on NBCS-BOS. The matchup has a point total of 220.5.

Betting Information

Celtics vs Pacers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Celtics -1 -110 -110 220.5 -110 -110
Place a bet on Boston Celtics or the Indiana Pacers for Tuesday’s game.

Head to Head

Boston has an 8-2 record in the last 10 head-to-head matchups with Indiana. The Pacers hold a 2-0-1 advantage against the spread when playing the Celtics.

Celtics vs Pacers in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
12/27/2020 Celtics Pacers -3 220.5 -144 121 Regular Season 108-107 IND
3/10/2020 Celtics Pacers -3 214.5 -147 124 Regular Season 114-111 BOS
12/11/2019 Pacers Pacers -1.5 211 -121 102 Regular Season 122-117 IND
4/21/2019 Pacers Playoffs 110-106 BOS
4/19/2019 Pacers Playoffs 104-96 BOS
4/17/2019 Celtics Playoffs 99-91 BOS
4/14/2019 Celtics Playoffs 84-74 BOS
4/5/2019 Pacers Regular Season 117-97 BOS
3/29/2019 Celtics Regular Season 114-112 BOS
1/9/2019 Celtics Regular Season 135-108 BOS
  • 3/10/2020 DNP – Celtics: Jaylen Brown; Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb
  • 12/11/2019 DNP – Celtics: Marcus Smart; Pacers: Victor Oladipo
  • Celtics Betting Information

    • Boston was good against the spread last season, posting a 50-34-5 record.
    • When favored by at least 1 points, the Celtics fared well against the spread, putting up a 33-27-4 record.
    • Boston and its foes combined to reach or surpass the total in 44 of 89 games last season (49.4%).
    Bet on the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Championship.

    Pacers Betting Information

    • Indiana had a 38-36-3 record against the spread, covering in 49.4% of their outings.
    • The Pacers fared well as a 1-point underdog, going 25-21-2 against the spread when they were at least 1-point underdogs.
    • Indiana and its opponents hit the over in more than half of their matchups last season — 39 of 77 (50.6%).
    Bet on the Indiana Pacers to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • The Celtics and their opponents scored at least 220.5 points — this matchup’s over/under — in 39 of 89 games (43.8%) last year.
    • Indiana combined with its opponents to score at least 220.5 points in 32 of 77 games (41.6%) last year.
    • The Celtics and the Pacers saw their opponents average a combined 6.0 fewer points per game last season than the point total of 220.5 set in this outing.
    • The average over/under the Celtics had set in games last year was 0.9 fewer points than this outing’s point total.
    • The average point total for the Pacers last year was 3.8 points lower than this game’s over/under.
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    Celtics Leaders

    • Jayson Tatum scored 23.4 points per game last season.
    • Tristan Thompson collected 10.1 rebounds per game and Jeff Teague dished out 6.1 assists per matchup.
    • Kemba Walker had a solid showing from beyond the arc a season ago. He made 3.2 shots from deep per game.
    • Marcus Smart averaged 1.7 steals per game. Daniel Theis collected 1.3 blocks a contest.

    Pacers Leaders

    • TJ Warren contributed 19.8 points per game last season.
    • Domantas Sabonis collected 12.4 rebounds per game and Malcolm Brogdon dished out 7.1 assists per contest.
    • Doug McDermott was prolific from the three-point line a season ago, knocking down 1.9 per game.
    • Justin Holiday swiped 1.2 steals per game. Myles Turner collected 2.1 blocks an outing.
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