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Pacers host Celtics in basketball action

Boston CelticsIndiana Pacers
Jan 14, 7:00 PM | Conseco Fieldhouse

Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers Odds


Indiana looks to cover the Pacers-Celtics pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 8-3 mark when they host Boston in NBA action.

Supporters of the Celtics have seen them go 4-6 and 5-5 ATS so far this season, while the Pacers are at 8-3 and 6-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Pacers are 4-7, while the Celtics are 4-6.

View Boston vs Indiana Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Indiana opened as 4-point favorites, while the NBA total was set at 180 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Pacers sit at No. 13 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Celtics are at No. 27 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pacers will win this game 94-90.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Indiana's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 92.8 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 7 at 91.6 PPG. The Pacers field goal percentage has averaged 41.8% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 22-rated defense on the road, allowing 101 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.

Boston lost its last outing, an 88-79 result against the Bulls on January 13. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a 1-point underdog, while the 167 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Boston suffered an 88-79 loss against Chicago on Friday, getting 16 points from Ray Allen in a losing effort at TD Garden.

The Pacers were a 95-90 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (185) made winners of OVER bettors. Indiana earned a 95-90 victory over Toronto on Friday, getting 22 points from George Hill at Air Canada Centre.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Sacramento are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

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

Next up:
Boston home to Oklahoma City, Monday, January 16
Indiana at Sacramento, Wednesday, January 18