The Celtics are off to a hot start this season and they are favored in NBA betting in this game at Indiana. Here are some things to consider as you look at this matchup on Saturday between the Celtics and Pacers.
Basketball betting favors the Celtics but the situation does not. Boston had to play last night at home against Atlanta so they are in the second half of a back-to-back tonight against Indiana and that is never easy, especially for an older team. Oftentimes the basketball betting oddsmaker takes this situation into account but the Celtics are popular team so they are going to get play regardless of the situation.
The Celtics have won six of the last ten against Indiana straight up and they are 6-4 against the NBA betting odds. The teams met four times a year ago in basketball betting and Boston won three of the four. What is surprising is that Boston was just 1-3 against the basketball betting pointspread. The games at Indiana had the teams splitting with Boston winning 122-117 while the Pacers won the other game 95-79. The Pacers covered both of those games in basketball betting.
Boston is off to a great start this season but it has not taken the basketball betting oddsmakers long to catch on. The Celtics are basically just a .500 team against the NBA betting pointspread even though they are winning virtually every game straight up. Boston has been winning with a defense that ranks first in the NBA in fewest points allowed this basketball betting season. Paul Pierce has been leading a balanced scoring attack. Rajon Rondo has been leading the team in assists while Kevin Garnett has been the rebounding leader.
Indiana is a tough basketball betting team to figure out. You never know what you are going to get in NBA betting with the Pacers. Danny Granger is an offensive force who can impact basketball betting but the rest of the roster is inconsistent. Roy Hibbert has been playing solid defense but he is not a scorer. The Pacers are below average on offense and right about average on defense. That makes them a very tough team to figure out in and it is one reason why many people will look to take the Celtics in this basketball betting game.