We are getting very close to the point where we can declare that the race for the top spot in both conferences is basically over. While the Milwaukee Bucks are on a little bit of a losing skid with Giannis out through injury, they are still far enough out in front that they should still be able to win the Eastern Conference quite comfortably. Over in the Western Conference, the LA Lakers are beginning to pull away from the pack, opening up a 6 ½ game lead over the nearest challenger. Given how well they are playing, they should be able to clinch the top seed sooner rather than later. What that means is that the real jockeying for playoff seedings begins now, which makes this game between the Celtics and the Pacers a very interesting one indeed. The Boston Celtics look certain to be in the top 4 at the end of the season, while the Indiana Pacers might well end up stuck in the #5 seed, unless they can make a solid push in the final weeks of the season. The Celtics will hit the road to face an in-form Pacers team and will do so as a 3-point favorite. The point total for this one is set at 215. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the Celtics vs Pacers.
Celtics vs Pacers 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Tuesday, March 10 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
- TV: Fox Sports Midwest – Indiana
- Online streaming: fuboTV
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- NBA Odds: Boston Celtics -3.5 / Total 215
Why bet on the Boston Celtics
The Celtic chances of moving up in the standings in the Eastern Conference seem rather slim at the moment given that they are 3 ½ games back of the Toronto Raptors, who are on a winning streak up in second. The concern for the Celtics right now is maintaining their current position, especially with the Miami Heat sitting just a game and a half back. Boston are in the midst of a minor slump, coming into this one having lost 2 in a row to fall to 5-5 in their last 10 games. That includes a run of just 1 win in their last 5. They played the Pacers on the road earlier this season and went down 122-117, with their overall road record now sitting at 19-12. Despite that loss, Boston is still 7-2 SU in their last 9 trips to Indiana.
- Total Score: 112.98
- Field Goal %: 45.95
- Three Point %: 36.27
- Free Throw %: 79.99
- Total Rebounds: 45.94
- Total Score: 106.76
- Field Goal %: 44.08
- Three Point %: 34.14
- Free Throw %: 76.03
- Total Rebounds: 44.32
Why bet on the Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are coming out of a bit of a rough patch of form and look to be turning things around in a big way. They come into this one on a modest 2-game winning streak, but they have now won 8 of their last 10, which leaves them 3 ½ games back of the Boston Celtics in 3rd. A win here could see things tighten up considerably as we head down the stretch. The Pacers will certainly try to take advantage of playing on home court, where they are a very solid 21-10 this season. Where they have not been particularly good is against the spread in home games, covering in just 2 of their last 8. They are 4-6 ATS in their last 1 overall against the Celtics.
- Total Score: 109.31
- Field Goal %: 47.67
- Three Point %: 36.25
- Free Throw %: 78.59
- Total Rebounds: 42.84
- Total Score: 107.3
- Field Goal %: 44.76
- Three Point %: 34.45
- Free Throw %: 78.78
- Total Rebounds: 44.75
Celtics vs Pacers NBA Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games.
- Boston are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
- Boston are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Indiana.
- Boston are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games against Indiana.
- Boston are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games.
- Indiana are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
- Indiana are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games at home.
- Indiana are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Boston.
- Indiana are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games this season.
Celtics vs Pacers Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These two teams appear to be very evenly matched, but I think that the home court advantage slides things in the favor of the Pacers in this one. I am taking Indiana to win a close one.
Boston Celtics 108 Indiana Pacers 111