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Points Have Been Hard To Come By When Pacers And Celtics Take The Court

Celtics vs Pacers Betting Odds April 19

After two games that saw neither team top 100 points, the Boston Celtics head to the Hickory State to face the Indiana Pacers in Game 3. The Celtics took a 2-0 series lead with a furious fourth quarter and stunned the Pacers by going on a 10-0 run in the final 51 seconds to win by eight points. The Celtics won their last game in Indiana by 20 points when homecourt was on the line for this series and have won five of their last six trips to Indy.

The Pacers opened as 3-point favorites with a total of 203.5.

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STANDOUT STATS

  • Although the Pacers hadn’t scored many points through two games of this series, their offense was stellar after the all-star break in home games. In 11 games, the Pacers ranked third in three-point percentage (40 percent) and third in field goal percentage (48.7 percent). That led to them putting up 110.9 points per game in those contests.
  • Although the final score would say the Celtics were the better team in Game 2, they were put to the test defensively as they allowed the Pacers to shoot 44 percent from the field after holding them to 33.2 percent from the floor in Game 1. The Celtics defense allowed 111.4 points per road game after the all-star break and opponents averaged 46 percent shooting on their home floor. The Celtics played twice in Indiana this season and split the two games although their loss back in November was by one point.
  • Through two games of the series, the Pacers’ free-throw shooting has been abysmal. They’ve gone 18 for 31 from the charity stripe and in two games decided by 10 points or less, Indiana will need to be clutch with these opportunities.
  • Kyrie Irving has been huge offensively in this series as he scored 37 points in Game 2 and was the leading scorer in both games. Irving has shot eight for 15 from behind the arc vs the Pacers and during the regular season, he averaged 19.3 points and 45 percent from behind the arc in four games against Indiana.
  • Although the total is very low for this contest, it’s not outlandish to consider another UNDER for this series. The Pacers were one of the best UNDER teams at home this season with the total going UNDER in 25 of their 41 games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In two games of this first-round series, neither team has topped 100 points.

My Best Bet for Celtics vs Pacers

OVER 203.5

I almost took the Celtics +3 as I think they should be able to beat this team handily but I think the safer play is the OVER. The scoring has been so low through two games of the series and the Pacers finally showed some life in the shooting department in Game 2 that I think both of these teams will blow up the scoreboard for Game 3.

When these teams faced each other two weeks ago in Indiana, the Celtics scored 117 points and while some people would dismiss that as just another regular season game, the stakes were real as it decided homecourt for this first-round series. The Celtics' offense drops off a bit in road games but so does their defense. Boston is allowing four more points per game when playing on the road and I expect Indiana to come out firing knowing that their season could be on the line.

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