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Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 24, 2023

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The Indiana Pacers (33-40) will need a big game out of top scorer Buddy Hield (17.1 ppg) if they want to stay with the favored Boston Celtics (50-23). Jayson Tatum and the Celtics are double-digit favorites (-11.5) against the Pacers on March 24, 2023.

Celtics vs. Pacers Odds

  • Celtics odds to win: -675
  • Pacers odds to win: +500
  • Spread: Celtics (-11.5)

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Game Time and Information

  • When: Friday, March 24, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: NBA TV, NBCS-BOS, and BSIN

Who Will Win Celtics vs. Pacers?

Celtics and Pacers Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

The Celtics have a 3-4 record against the spread this season when favored by 11.5 points or more.

When they have played as at least 11.5-point underdogs this year, the Pacers are 2-1 against the spread.

Boston is 37-33-3 against the spread this season.

The Pacers have a 39-33-1 record against the spread this season.

Celtics Stats & Insights

The Celtics have a +409 scoring differential, topping opponents by 5.6 points per game. They’re putting up 117.8 points per game to rank third in the league and are allowing 112.2 per outing to rank sixth in the NBA.

The Celtics are seventh in the league at 45.0 rebounds per game. That’s similar to the 44.1 their opponents average.

Boston makes 15.9 three-pointers per game (second-most in the league) while shooting 37.7% from beyond the arc (fifth-best in the NBA). It is making 4.0 more threes per outing than its opponents, who drain 11.9 per game while shooting 35.3%.

The Celtics rank third in the league by averaging 115.6 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively are fifth in the NBA, allowing 109.6 points per 100 possessions.

The Celtics have been significantly better offensively at home, where they average 120.7 points per game, compared to on the road, where they score 115.2 per game. Defensively, they are slightly better when playing at home, where they give up 111.9 points per game, versus on the road, where they let their opponents to average 112.5 per game.

Pacers Stats & Insights

The Pacers are being outscored by 2.3 points per game, with a -170 scoring differential overall. They put up 115.9 points per game (12th in NBA), and give up 118.2 per outing (26th in league).

Indiana loses the rebound battle by 3.6 boards on average. It records 41.6 rebounds per game, 23rd in the league, while its opponents pull down 45.2.

The Pacers knock down 13.8 three-pointers per game (fifth-most in the league) at a 36.6% rate (11th in NBA), compared to the 12.3 per game their opponents make, at a 37.0% rate.

The Pacers rank 24th in the NBA with 110.8 points scored per 100 possessions, and 24th defensively with 114.5 points conceded per 100 possessions.

In 2022-23 Indiana is averaging 5.4 more points per game at home (118.6) than away (113.2).

Celtics Key Players to Watch

Tatum averages 30.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, with 4.7 assists.

Marcus Smart’s averages this season are 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.

Tatum leads active Celtics in three-point shooting, knocking down an average of 3.2 shots per game from beyond the arc.

Smart averages 1.5 steals per game, while Derrick White swats 0.9 shots per contest.

Pacers Key Players to Watch

Hield racks up 17.1 points per game and also tacks on 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest.

Myles Turner has per-game averages of 17.9 points, 1.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds this season.

Hield averages 3.6 made threes per game.

The Pacers’ defensive effort gets a lift from Tyrese Haliburton’s 1.6 steals and Turner’s 2.3 blocks per game.

Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction

  • Pick ATS: Celtics (- 11.5)
  • Prediction:
    Celtics 122 – Pacers 110

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