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Slumping Celtics Road Chalk Against Surging Pacers

Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers

Boston has lost four of five while Indy has won seven of eight, but it’s the visiting Celtics who are laying points Tuesday in Indiana. Boston is 4-1-1 ATS in its last six games vs the Pacers and has won seven of its last nine visits to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers
  • Date/Time: March 10, 7 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • TV Coverage: Fox Sports Indiana, NBC Sports Boston, TSN
  • Opening Odds: Celtics -1 | O/U 216
  • Celtics vs Pacers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Indiana opened as an underdog for the seventh time in its last nine home games vs the Celtics. Early action has been on Boston (moving the line to -1.5 as of Monday night) and the UNDER (bumping the total down to 214.5).

Boston News & Notes

The Celtics stumble into Indiana having lost four of their last five games, including four straight at home. The most recent defeat came Sunday against Oklahoma City as the Celtics saw an 11-point halftime lead slip away in a 106-105 loss to the Thunder. Boston point guard Kemba Walker wore the goat horns as he turned the ball over with under 10 seconds left, allowing OKC’s Dennis Schroder to score the game-winning layup.

Walker torched the Pacers for 44 points when the teams met earlier this season, but he hasn’t resembled that form lately. Hampered by a sore knee that cost him the first five games after the all-star break, Walker has averaged less than 17 points per game over the last five weeks and shot 32.2 percent from the floor during that span.

Injuries to other star players have also factored into Boston’s recent skid. Jaylen Brown has missed the Celtics’ last three games and isn’t expected to resume practicing until Wednesday, while Gordon Hayward returned Sunday after missing two games with a knee contusion. Jayson Tatum has struggled a bit as well, shooting 15 of 41 in his last two games.

Indiana News & Notes

The Pacers are in the tough spot of playing their first home game following a five-game road trip, but at least they’ve got plenty of momentum. Indiana went 4-1 SU on that trip, sandwiching wins over Cleveland, San Antonio, Chicago and Dallas around a 19-point loss at Milwaukee.

Sunday’s win in Dallas was especially impressive as Indiana overcame a 6-for-18 shooting night from Victor Oladipo and a five-point deficit with 3:14 remaining in regulation. The Pacers didn’t allow a point in that final 3:14 and Oladipo scored the final six points for Indiana, including a go-ahead jumper with 38 seconds left on the clock.

Oladipo is no certainty to suit up Tuesday for Indiana as he continues to deal with knee soreness, although the two-time all-star was listed as questionable before his past two starts against Chicago and Dallas. Doug McDermott is listed as doubtful after missing Indy’s last two games with a sore right toe, and point guard Malcolm Brogdon remains out with a knee injury. T.J. Warren returned to the Indiana lineup Sunday after missing a game with a leg injury, scoring 16 points against the Mavs.

Betting Pick: Celtics -1.5

Elite opponents seem to draw the best out of the Celtics, who are 7-2 ATS in their last nine against opponents who have a .600 record or higher.

Shark Bites
  • The Celtics are 20-9 ATS in their last 29 games against opponents who have a winning SU record.
  • The Pacers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
  • The OVER is 6-2 in the Celtics’ last 8 road games against the Pacers.