Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers (By: Miyagi)
There are not many facts to make a case for the over here as this is a playoff game between two teams with strong defenses (both rank top 7 in defensive efficiency) while this game is also played too early which more often than not leads to lower scores.
Still, the Celtics' defense has been way off over the last couple of months and especially at home games things have been ugly for them whenever they needed their defense to step up and secure wins.
On the other side, Indiana might have the best defensive efficiency of the league in home games but they barely make it to the top 10 teams in that category on away games and their defense has been also struggled recently and lost its efficiency.
Boston will miss its best and smartest defender Smart and that makes things even worse for them and although the Pacers have been far from convincing offensively on the road, they are more than capable of scoring above 103 points today, which is more than enough for the over at those extremely low lines. Playoff or not, early or not, those lines are surprisingly low and their 2 meetings in Boston this season (135-108, 114-112) have a little something to say about that. Indiana will most probably make its move in the second game, so this is going to Boston but with a high score.
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Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers predictions
|Over 209.5||Bet365||1.90||9||84-74 LOST (-9 units)|
Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).