NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers – Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

by | Jan 9, 2019 | NBA

Matchup at a Glance

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Point Spread: Boston -6½

Betting Total: 213 points

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We have a great Eastern Conference matchup on Wednesday night.  The 3rd place Indiana Pacers (27-13) travel to Massachusetts to take on the 5th placed (24-15) Boston Celtics.  Indiana may be tired. They are playing for the second night in a row after beating Cleveland 123-115 on the road on Tuesday night.  

Boston played on Monday at home taking care of Brooklyn rather easily 116-95 and covering as a 10½ point favorite. Boston is on a three-game winning streak and all three were by double digits.  

These two already played once this season back in early November at Indiana and the Pacers as a 3½ dog upset the Celtics 102-101. Boston is 11-6 ATS at home this year and 11-6 OVER in those games as well.

Game Location

This game is being played at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 7:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

BetOnline has set the point spread for this game at Boston -6½ and the over/under has been set at 213 points.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers come into this one have won 14 of their last 17 games.  Indiana is scoring 108 ppg while giving up 102 ppg. That 108 ppg is ranked 22nd in the league is scoring.  They are very tough to score on, their 102 ppg allowed currently is ranked number one in the league.

All told they are 3rd in point differential at +5.8.  Victor Oladipo leads the team in scoring with 20.1 ppg. Domantas Sabonis with 9.6 rebounds is the team leader. Darren Collison is the assist leader with 5.5.  

You might think Indiana is tired after playing Tuesday night, but so far this year they are 5-1 SU in the second game of back to back games.

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Boston Celtics

After a disappointing beginning of the season, Boston is starting to gel and playing their best as a team the past week or so.  With all the injuries last season, I think it took some time for them to learn to play together. Beware the rest of the Eastern Conference, at least in my opinion.  

The average score of a Celtic game this year is 112-105. That puts Boston as the 12th ranked team in points per game. As mentioned above Indiana is 1st in defense, but Boston comes in only two back in 3rd place, and points differential has them one ahead of the Pacers at 2nd at +6.6.  

Kyrie Irving leads the team in points scored and assists with 22.9 pts and 6.6 assists. Jayson Tatum leads in boards at 6.4 per game. Irving is not alone in scoring with this team as they have 5 players averaging double digits per game.

Trends/Stats

  • Indiana is 10-5 ATS last 15
  • OVER has cashed in Indiana’s last 5 games
  • Indiana is 5-2 SU & ATS last 7 on road
  • Indiana is 4-1 ATS last 5 vs Boston
  • 10 of the last 14 in this series has gone UNDER
  • Boston is 4-1 SU & ATS last 5
  • OVER has cashed in 7 of last 9 Boston games

More rested Celtics take advantage of a road-weary Pacers team

Both teams are trying to make up some ground in their respective divisions.  Both teams are looking strong in the Eastern Conference. You never know when a matchup like this can make a difference for a position in the playoff.  The Pacers have actually won the last three games vs the Celtics.

Looking at the stats and overall picture, in a game what should be a defensive battle, it is hard to imagine the points not coming into play.  Indiana is a solid 12-8 on the road, which is very good. Everything points to Indiana plus the points. I am not falling for it. Even though 2019 is still young, the Pacers have not played at home this year yet.  

Between that and having to play back to back games, I think that is a big advantage for the Celtics. Boston has yet to play a road game in 2019. That means they are definitely the more rested team. I think you see another great effort from Boston and they take this by double digits.

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