The Celtics and Pacers are set to face off at 7:00 ET on NBCS. The Pacers will host the game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. The Celtics are the favorites in this Eastern conference matchup the against the Pacers. The over/under for the game is set at 247 points.

BOSTON CELTICS VS INDIANA PACERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Indiana Pacers +5.5

This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE INDIANA PACERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-113 in favor of the Pacers.
  • Our projections have Tyrese Haliburton finishing with Tyrese Haliburton points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pacers finishing with a field goal percentage of 50.0% and knocking down 15 threes.

Will the Celtics Win in Indianapolis?

As the Celtics get ready to take on the Pacers, they are sitting in 1st place in the Eastern Conference at 27-7. When playing on the road, Boston has put together a record of 10-7 and have gone 6-10 ATS on the road.

So far, the Celtics have been the favorite in 32 of their 34 games and have a scoring margin of +10.2 points per game when favored. Their average scoring differential for the season is +6.2 points per game. Today, they are favored by 5.5 over Indiana.

When looking at the Celtics’ over/under record for the season, they sit at 19-15 with their games having an average OU line of 229. Today’s line of 247 is the highest line they have seen all season. In their previous high OU lines, the Celtics have an over/under record of 0-0.

In their 29-point win over the Jazz, Boston easily covered the spread as 14-point favorites.

Heading into today’s game, Jayson Tatum is averaging 27.1 PPG and Jaylen Brown is averaging 22.4 PPG. In their last game, the Celtics put up 126 points while shooting 43.3% from the field and making 31 of their 36 free throw attempts.

The Celtics’ defense is presently ranked 3rd in the league, allowing an average of 110.4 points per contest. The Celtics defense is coming off a game in which they held the Jazz offense to just 43.3% shooting. Overall, they gave up 97 points to Utah.

Can Indiana Secure a Home Victory?

Heading into today’s matchup vs. the Celtics, the Pacers find themselves in 4th place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana has put together six straight wins and are 20-14 overall.

When playing at home, the Pacers have been slightly better in both the straight-up and ATS standings. Indiana’s average scoring margin at home is +8.6 points per game, and they have an 11-7 record at home this season. Their ATS record for the season is also positive at 20-14, and they have each of their last six games.

So far, the Pacers have been the underdog in 17 of their 34 games and have gone 10-7 vs. the spread in those games. The over/under record in their games is 24-10, and the over has hit in two straight games. On average, their games have finished with 251.9 points per contest this season.

When hosting, Indiana has put together three straight wins both SU and ATS. For the season, they have an ATS home record of 11-7 and have been the favorite in 16 of their 34 games.

Coming off a strong game vs. the Hawks, the Pacers’ offense scored 150 points. In that game, they shot 63.8% from the field and went 11/13 from the free-throw line. On the season, Indiana leads the league in field goal percentage at 51%. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 5th in made three-pointers and 4th in three-point percentage.

Coming into today’s game, the Pacers’ defense is giving up an average of 124.4 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Pacers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 56.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.6% from downtown.