Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers (By: Miyagi)

There is not much to say for the first game of the series between those teams other than...what a painful game to watch! Well, it wasn't expected to be a highly entertaining match since two good defensive teams faced each other but that was brutal.

No matter how good those defenses will be tonight, their offensive efficiency/ shooting can only get better but still there cannot be predictions here, at least, personally, I can imagine how they will approach this game: pace/ tempo, whether Indiana will try to run on fast breaks since their offense is struggling in half-court offensive plays or they will play even more physical defense.

What seems to be clear in my eyes is that Indiana's bench has to make the difference. Boston has more quality in their starting lineup and that has to be matched by Indiana's bench. So, it comes down to their most efficient scorer from the bench, Sabonis, who also has a slight edge, facing a team that had trouble against big guys all season long.

Sabonis was not great n the first game (7p 3-9 FG) but he usually bounces back after sloppy performances and he is good to be trusted. He averages 13.8 points against Boston in 4 games this season shooting with 60% from the field. Sabonis' performance will be crucial for the Pacers tonight, he will probably have some extra freedom offensively this time and he should score above 12 points.

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Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Sabonis Over 12.5 Points Bet365 1.76 9 1 LOST (-9 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).
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