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NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs Pacers

Eastern Conference Playoffs

Pacers Down 0-2 to Celtics

The Boston Celtics will be trying to go up 3-0 on Friday when they take on the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers backs are against the wall and the can ill afford to lose this game. The Celtics are playing with new energy on defense and the glass. The Pacers need to adjust to stay in this series. Uncle Drew Holla!!!!

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC, NBCS Boston, FS Indiana LINE: Pacers -2.5; O/U: 205.5.

Kyrie Irving is making the most of his first playoff series with the Celtics. Irving scored 20 points and helped lead a dominant defensive effort in a series-opening 84-74 win. Then he finished with 37 points, seven assists and six rebounds in Wednesday’s come-from-behind 99-91 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference best-of-seven matchup.

Boston trailed by 12 points with 11 minutes remaining before putting together a 16-0 run. The last were eight points by Irving. This allowed them to seize control. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points in Game 2 for Indiana. The team is struggling from the field and is shooting 38.8 percent from the floor in the series.

This, That, and a Dart Throw

Boston forward Jayson Tatum, scored 26 points in Wednesday’s win and was the catalyst in a game-ending 10-0 surge. He produced six points and had one assist down the stretch. Center Al Horford fought through an illness to grab 10 rebounds in Game 2. The Celtics have a 103-78 advantage on the glass in the series. Irving has at least 20 points in 10 of his last 11 playoff games and the one in which he fell short of that mark he finished with 19.

Pacers Guard Wesley Matthews was held to six points. This was his second straight single-digit effort. He had a turnover in the closing moments with his team down three points as well. Center Myles Turner, who averaged 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds during the regular season, is averaging 6.5 and 5.5, respectively, in the series. PF Domantas Sabonis, who averaged 14.4 points in the regular season, has a total of eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in the series.

The Dart Throw: Celtics 101, Pacers 93

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NBA Playoffs Betting Odds & Trends

Boston Celtics
Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Boston’s last 18 games
Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston’s last 9 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston’s last 15 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Indiana Pacers
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana’s last 6 games
Indiana is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games at home
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Indiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Indiana is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Indiana’s last 15 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Boston at Indiana Sunday, April 21

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