NBA Playoff Betting Preview: Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers – Sunday, April 21, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana
When: Sunday April 21st at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Boston -2.5
BookMaker has the Boston Celtics listed as 2.5 point favorites over the Indiana Pacers. The Boston Celtics enter this game with a record of 52-33 and have won four of their last five games including the first three games of the series and are coming off a game three win on the road by a score of 104-96.
The Indiana Pacers enter this game with a record of 48-37 and have lost four of their last five games including the first three of the series and will look to avoid elimination and being swept in game four of the series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers are 48-37 overall and 40-44-1 ATS. The Indiana Pacers will look to avoid elimination by winning game four of the series at home on Sunday. Indiana is 40-44-1 ATS overall, 17-18-1 ATS after a loss, 23-19 ATS at home and 16-21 ATS as an underdog.
Bojan Bogdanovic leads the team in scoring with 50 points. Domantas Sabonis leads the team in assists and rebounds with 14 assists and 21 rebounds. Thaddeus Young leads the team in steals and blocks with 11 steals and 3 blocks.
Indiana is averaging 107.27 points per game which ranks 23rd in the NBA. They are averaging 9.25 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 27th in the NBA. They are averaging 25.8 assists per game which ranks 10th in the NBA.
The Pacers are allowing 104.37 points per game which ranks 1st in the NBA. They are averaging 33.68 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 23rd in the NBA. They are averaging 8.73 steals per game which ranks 3rd in the NBA.
The Celtics are 52-33 overall and 41-42-2 ATS. The Boston Celtics are one win away from wrapping up the series and sweeping the Pacers and can do so with a win on Sunday. Boston is 41-42-2 ATS overall, 26-23-2 ATS after a win, 19-21-2 ATS on the road and 31-33-2 ATS as a favorite.
Kyrie Irving leads the team in scoring and assists with 76 points and 24 assists. Al Horford leads the team in rebounds with 29. Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum are tied for the team lead in steals with 4 apiece. Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are tied for the team lead in blocks with 3 apiece.
Boston is averaging 111.8 points per game which ranks 15th in the NBA. They are averaging 9.74 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 20th in the NBA. They are averaging 26.09 assists per game which ranks 7th in the NBA.
The Celtics are allowing 107.21 points per game which ranks 7th in the NBA. They are averaging 34.99 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 16th in the NBA. They are averaging 8.46 steals per game which ranks 5th in the NBA.
Boston gets the win and cover to advance
The Boston Celtics have proven they are the better team in the series and will be looking to advance with a win on Sunday. Both teams are 5-5 ATS in their last ten match-ups while the Celtics are outscoring the Pacers by an average of 105.4 to 98.7 in those games.
The Celtics are 3-0 ATS in the last three meetings with the Pacers while outscoring Indiana by an average of 95.67 to 87 in those contests. I look for those trends to continue with a Celtics win and cover against the Pacers in the game on Sunday to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.