The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers will be squaring off on Thursday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Celtics are the top seed in the Eastern Conference and have been on a roll lately, while the Pacers have been struggling and are currently the No. 12 seed in the East.
The Celtics have been playing some of their best basketball of the season, going 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. They are led by F Jayson Tatum and F Jaylen Brown, who both had outstanding performances in the All-Star Game.
The Pacers, on the other hand, have lost their last 4 ATS games after a victory and have the NBA’s 8th-worst defensive rating. When these teams faced off earlier this season, the Pacers pulled off an upset as 9.5-point underdogs on the road to win 117-112.
Celtics vs Indiana Prediction
Given the Celtics’ current form and the Pacers’ struggles, I’m expecting the Celtics to come out on top this time around.
My prediction is that the Celtics will win 124-112.
Against The Spread
I’m also leaning towards betting on the Celtics against the spread at -8.5 (-105).
Furthermore, given the pace-up matchup for Boston, I’m leaning towards the Over 232.5 points (-110).
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