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NBA odds preview - Pacers vs. Celtics

Indiana PacersBoston Celtics
March 16, 7:30 PM | TD Garden

Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Odds

29-38TEAM RECORD47-18

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Wednesday when the Pacers of Indiana hit the hard court against the Celtics of Boston.

The Pacers will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 30-34-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Celtics are 30-33-2 ATS. Indiana is 29-37-1 on the totals; Boston is 33-32.

View Indiana vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Celtics - Pacers odds would favor the Celtics if the lines were set according to power ranks. Boston is rated No. 7 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Pacers sit at No. 12. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 104-96 win for the Celtics.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 97.7 PPG, against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 17 at 100.9 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 48.9% so far, more than the Pacers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.

Defensively, the Pacers feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, allowing 103.1 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.

The Pacers were a 119-117 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Knicks. They covered the 5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (236) made winners of OVER bettors. New York was victimized by Tyler Hansbrough for 30 points as the Pacers defeated the Knicks 119-117 in NBA action on Tuesday.

Last time out for Boston, they were an 88-79 loser as they battled the Nets on the road. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite, while 167 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Celtics got 19 points from Ray Allen, but it was New Jersey that prevailed in an 88-79 final on Monday at Prudential Center.

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Chicago are 5-5
After playing New York are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing New Jersey are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Pacers at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Indiana's last 15 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing Boston
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Indiana
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games

Next up:
Indiana home to Chicago, Friday, March 18
Boston at Houston, Friday, March 18