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Pacers host Celtics in basketball action

Boston CelticsIndiana Pacers
April 7, 7:00 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers Odds

30-24TEAM RECORD34-21

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Celtics travelling to Indiana Saturday to face the Pacers on Saturday.

The Pacers sport records of 34-21 and 27-28 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Celtics sit at 30-24 and 26-27-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 28-26-1 for the Pacers and 24-30 for the Celtics.

View Boston vs Indiana Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Pacers installed as 2-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 187.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pacers at No. 8 and the Celtics at No. 19 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 96-95 result in favor of the Pacers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 15-ranked offense (97 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 3 at 89.8 PPG. The Pacers have averaged 44% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (45.7% on average).

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 95 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 93-86 loser as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 179 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Boston suffered a 93-86 loss against Chicago on Thursday, getting 22 points from Paul Pierce in a losing effort at United Center.

Indiana won its last outing, a 103-98 result against the Thunder on April 6. The Pacers covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog, while the 201 combined points took the game OVER the total. Oklahoma City was scorched by Danny Granger for 26 points as the Pacers defated the Thunder 103-98 in NBA action on Friday.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 9-1
After playing Chicago are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 3-7
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

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

Next up:
Boston home to Philadelphia, Sunday, April 8
Indiana home to Toronto, Monday, April 9