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Pacers face Celtics: NBA odds preview

Indiana PacersBoston Celtics
Jan 6, 7:30 PM | TD Garden

Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Odds


The Pacers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Celtics in Boston at TD Garden on Friday in NBA action.

Boston will face the 4-2 Pacers, who own a 3-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Celtics are 4-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Pacers are 3-3 favoring the OVER.

View Indiana vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Boston opened as 6-point favorites, while the NBA total was set at 184.5 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 22-rated Pacers taking on the No. 19-rated Celtics in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 96-93 win for the Celtics on Friday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 27-rated squad against Indiana's No. 7-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 9 in the league with 7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 14 with 6.5 per outing.

Defensively, the Pacers feature the league's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 98.2 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.

Indiana was a 118-83 loser in its last match on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 7.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 201 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Indiana was run off the court by the Heat on Wednesday as Miami blasted them 118-83 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Celtics were an 89-70 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Nets. They covered the 12.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (159) made winners of UNDER bettors. Boston earned an 89-70 victory over New Jersey on Wednesday, getting 24 points from Paul Pierce at TD Garden.

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Charlotte are 3-7
After playing Miami are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Dallas are 8-2
After playing New Jersey are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Pacers at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
Indiana is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing Boston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
Boston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Indiana home to Charlotte, Saturday, January 7
Boston home to Dallas, Wednesday, January 11