The league’s top shooting defense will be a 4.5-point favorite at home in TD Garden, when the Boston Celtics (40-16) clash with the Indiana Pacers (30-25). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 204.5 points and it can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest – Indiana at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Celtics were victorious over the Washington Wizards, 110-104, while the Pacers were beaten by the Washington Wizards, 111-102.
Boston dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.274 (above their season average of 0.182) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.518 (above their season average of 0.517). For those same stats, Washington had marks of 0.168 and 0.463, respectively. Indiana, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.200 (above their season average of 0.176). Boston’s Kyrie Irving had a good game, finishing with 28 points, six assists and five rebounds. Indiana, meanwhile, was led by Bojan Bogdanovic, who recorded 29 points.
Points at the line could be rare for Boston in this meeting. The Celtics rank 22nd in the league with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.184, while Indiana ranks fourth in FTA rate allowed (0.168). Moreover, the Pacers’ fifth-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.536) will battle against the Celtics’ top-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.484).
A little over half of the Pacers’ games have finished under the total. Indiana holds records of 30-25 straight up (SU) and 29-26 against the spread (ATS).
A little over half of Celtics games have also finished under the total. Further, Boston owns records of 40-16 SU and 32-20-3 ATS.
The Celtics have won both contests against the Pacers this year. In their most recent game, the two teams combined for 223 points, well over the projected point total of 206.5. Boston won 112-111 but was unable to cover as a 2-point favorite. Boston’s effective field goal percentage was its largest strength over Indiana. The Celtics had a rate of 0.658 while the Pacers posted a mark of 0.513. Victor Oladipo was the top overall scorer in the game with 38 points.
Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Free Pick
Free Pick: SU Winner – Celtics, ATS Winner – Pacers, O/U – Under
The Celtics average 4.6 blocks per game, which ranks 16th in the league. The Pacers rank 18th in blocks allowed per game (5.0).
Indiana ranks third in fast break points per game (15.0) while Boston ranks 25th (9.6).
The Pacers rank 11th in points in the paint per game (44.6) while the Celtics rank 28th (39.0).
Boston ranks third in assists allowed per game (20.5) while Indiana ranks 19th (23.2).
Boston ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (7.0) while Indiana ranks sixth (7.0).
The Pacers rank fifth in points off turnovers per game (18.3) while the Celtics rank 26th (14.4).
The Celtics rank 11th in rebounds per game (44.4) while the Pacers rank 25th (41.3).
Boston ranks sixth in three pointers attempted per game (31.4) while Indiana ranks 25th (24.9).
In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Indiana is 17-2 and Boston is 26-2.
When scoring more than 100 points, the Celtics are 29-7 and the Pacers are 26-12.
Indiana is 13-12 ATS on the road, while Boston is 15-11-3 ATS at home.
Of the Pacers’ 25 road games, they have 13 unders, 11 overs and 1 push.
The Celtics have 15 unders and 14 overs in 29 home games.
The Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Pacers are 2-3.
In their last five games, Boston has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Indiana has 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Celtics’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.2, up from 4.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Pacers have scored an average of 107.6 points per game (0.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 106.6 points per game (1.0 above their season average).