Certainly, the Boston Celtics have the reputation for being one of the top defensive teams in the NBA. However, Boston has not been as sharp this season and that has damaged their NBA betting online value. When it comes to the reality of having a tough defense the Indiana Pacers offer much more in the way of substance. It is that defense that has catapulted the Pacers into playoff position. But unless Indiana finds a way to generate more offensive production, they won’t last long in the post season. Indiana hosts Boston Friday night.
Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers
Date and Time: Friday, April 5, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Pacers||+1 (-110)||213 (-110)|
Celtics vs. Pacers TV Coverage: ESPN
Owing to a recent slump against the board have Celtics backers had their pockets burned. Boston has covered the spread in only two of their last ten games. Seven of their last 10 games have gone over the total. NBA rankings show the Celtics ranked 14th for scoring offense and eighth for points allowed. Owing to that is a record of 46-32 straight up, 36-41-1 against the spread, and 44-34 over the total. Kyrie Irving triggers the offense with 24 points and 7.0 assists per game. More questions are being raised about Boston’s long-term value.
Indiana has covered three of their last five games with four of their last five clearing the total. Overall the Pacers rank 22nd in the NBA for scoring offense but best for points allowed. Head coach Nate McMillan is in third season with Indiana. Increasingly his ability to coax out such a strong defensive effort has garnered plenty of respect. As a result, Indiana is 46-32 straight up, 39-39 vs. the odds, and 34-44 under the total. Of great concern is the Pacers ability to generate offense without injured top scorer Victor Oladipo.
Stats to Consider
Now Boston has been a subpar NBA betting online value on the road recently. Four payouts in their last ten away matchups are a bad indicator. Five of the Celtics last six away games have gone over the total. By contrast Indiana has paid in nine of their last 13 home games. Five of their last eight in that role went over the total.
Team vs. Team
Late on in this head to head series the Pacers have had the better value. To illuminate the Pacers have covered five of their last six against the Celtics. Six of the last nine between these teams went over the total. And at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Boston has come away with empty pockets in their last two visits. Three of the last four in this matchup at Indiana have stayed under the sportsbook total.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation Boston’s decline of NBA betting online value cannot be ignored. Also worrisome is the Celtics red ink on the road and in this series. By contrast Indiana is often ignored by the casual gamblers. For that reason, they can offer value that the popular Celtics team cannot.
Celtics vs. Pacers NBA Betting Online Picks
On this occasion the Indiana Pacers are in better form and are the better play.
Celtics vs. Pacers NBA Betting Online Pick: Indiana Pacers
Celtics vs. Pacers NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Pacers 96, Celtics 89
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