Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers Pick

December 11, 7:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Indiana -1.5

The Boston Celtics (17-5) will hit the road to take on the Indiana Pacers (15-9) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, for a rematch of the 2019 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The tip is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and set to be televised on FSN. When the two sides met in the last season’s playoffs, the C’s got out the broom and swept the Pacers in four games. As a whole, Boston steps into this contest riding a seven-game win streak against Indiana complemented by a 6-1 ATS record over this span. Boston defeated Indiana 110-106 in their last meeting on April 21st, which resulted in a narrow cover with the Celtics closing as a 3.5-point favorite.

Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers Key Injury Concerns

Neither the Celtics nor the Pacers have declared any emergent injury concerns to key personnel as they venture into this Eastern Conference collision.

Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers Overview

Boston Celtics

The Celtics come into this contest riding a four-game win and cover streak. Boston was last in action on Monday when it hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers, where they would march onto a 110-88 victory and cover as a 13.5-point favorite.

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Indiana Pacers

The Pacers come into this game off a 110-99 loss against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers, who were without the services of Kawhi Leonard. Closing as a three-point favorite, Indy's failure to cover, let alone win, has resulted in the Pacers extending their coverless streak to three games.

Reasons To Avoid Boston

Given their dominance in this series, we have seen 64% of the consensus lean on the C's here as the dog, which signifies that the Pacers may indeed be extremely undervalued. To the naked eye, Boston likely looks too easy here with respect to their win streak against Indiana, along with their overall profitability as a whole against the Pacers. When the accompanying trends are factored into the mix with regard to the different directions each team seems to be traveling in, there is little question that the Pacers are likely working at a reduced price despite the illusion of Boston being short-sold. I urge backers to beware.

Reasons To Back Indiana

The Pacers are a dangerous team on their own court. At home, this season, Indiana, on average, outscores opponents by a margin of 5.4 points. As it is, the Pacers stand 9-3 SU in Indianapolis, and there is little doubt that they will be honing their home cooking as they look to draw the line in this series and avenge last year's sweep in the playoffs. Revenge alone will be plenty of motivation for the Pacers to bring their best game forward for this contest.

Celtics at Pacers Prediction 12/11/19

I could easily see Indiana putting the pedal to the floor and trying to send Boston a message in this contest. However, we are only asked to lay a basket to the Celtics with Indiana. I have no objection, albeit Indiana will be in prime position to win this by a possession or two more at minimum.

Free Pick: 
Take Indiana -1.5