The first of four NBA in-season tournament quarterfinal games will take place on Monday, as the Boston Celtics are on the road at the Indiana Pacers. The Boston Celtics finished 3-1 in Group C, and were tied with the Magic and Nets, but won the group with their +6.8 point differential. The Celtics are 15-4 on the season, and have the best record in all of the Eastern Conference. Boston has won 8 out of their last 10 games overall.
For Indiana they were in Group A of the Eastern Conference. The Pacers won all four games in their group. On the season, the Pacers are 10-8 on the season, and sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and coming off a win on the road in Miami on Saturday.
The Boston Celtics are -4.5 on the road in this game. The total for this affair is listed at 239.5.
Celtics Leading Eastern Conference
The Boston Celtics are scoring 116.7 points per game, and allowing teams to score 107.4 per game. The Celtics are 6-4 when playing on the road this season, and have won 14 out of 17 games against Eastern Conference teams. Boston has scored 124.5 points per game in their last two games.
Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics in scoring with 27.4 points per game. Tatum was ejected from the latest game against Philadelphia for two technicals. The small forward is playing more than 36 minutes per game, and enjoying the company of his new teammates this season. Jrue Holiday is scoring 12.4 points and dishing out 5.2 assists per game, while Kristaps Porzingis is adding 18.9 points per game.
Jaylen Brown and Derrick White are both contributing to double digits per game as well. Brown is scoring 21.8 points per game, while White is at 14.3 per game. The Celtics use Sam Hauser and Payton Prichard for over 20 minutes per game off the bench.
High Flying Pacers
The Indiana Pacers are the top scoring team in all of the National Basketball Association. The Pacers are up to 127.9 points per game. In the win on Saturday, without the services of Tyrese Haliburton, the Pacers scored 144 points against the Heat. Bruce Brown scored 30 points, and Obi Toppin added 22.
Halliburton is the top scorer on the team with 27 points per game and 11.8 assists per game. Toppin, off the bench, is adding 12.6 per game. The Pacers are getting 16.6 points per game from their big man Myles Turner, while Buddy Hield is scoring 13.5 per game.
Indiana is off to a 10-8 start this season. The Pacers are looking to beat their win total of a season ago, with 35. The previous season, the Pacers won just 25 games.
Celtics Top Pacers in Playoff
The Boston Celtics are too much in this game. Jayson Tatum is really good, and he has all sorts of solid teammates. The Celtics continue to play great basketball. Look for the Pacers to pick up the pace, but Boston is a team that can stick with them, and beat them. The final bet for this game is the Boston Celtics -4.5 over the Indiana Pacers.
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