Celtics vs Pacers Prediction Game 3 NBA East Finals 5/23

Celtics vs Pacers Prediction Game 3 NBA East Finals 5/23

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NBA Playoffs: Pacers vs. Celtics Game 2 Preview and Prediction

Boston, MA; May 23, 2024, 5:00 PM EST

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total Moneyline
5:00 PM IND +8.5 (-110) o224.5 (-115) +320
- BOS -8.5 (-110) u224.5 (-110) -425

Game Overview

The Indiana Pacers (47-35) will face the Boston Celtics (64-18) in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 23, 2024, at 5:00 PM EST at TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics lead the series 1-0 after a thrilling overtime victory in Game 1. The total points line is set at 224.5, and here’s why betting on the over is the smart pick.

Team Statistics

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are led by Tyrese Haliburton, who averages 20.1 points and 10.9 assists per game. His playmaking ability is crucial for Indiana's fast-paced offense. The team also relies on Myles Turner’s defensive presence and rebounding.

Boston Celtics

Boston's star player, Jayson Tatum, averages 26.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. The Celtics have a deep roster with multiple scoring options, including Jaylen Brown and Derrick White, making them a formidable offensive unit.

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries can influence the pace and scoring of the game.

Indiana Pacers

Bennedict Mathurin remains out for the season, but the Pacers have managed to maintain their scoring prowess without him.

Boston Celtics

Kristaps Porzingis is out, and Xavier Tillman is listed as day-to-day. The absence of Porzingis can impact the Celtics' interior defense and rebounding, potentially leading to a higher-scoring game.

Recent Performances

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers scored 128 points in the overtime loss to the Celtics in Game 1, showing their offensive capabilities. They’ve consistently scored high in recent games, including a 130-109 win against the Knicks.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have been equally impressive, scoring 133 points in Game 1. Their recent games also show a trend of high scoring, including a 113-98 win over the Cavaliers.

Prediction

Considering the offensive firepower of both teams and their recent performances, the over of 224.5 points is the recommended pick for Game 2. Here’s why:

  • High-Scoring Trends: Both teams have shown a propensity for high-scoring games, as evidenced by their recent matchups, including the 261 total points in Game 1.
  • Pace of Play: The Pacers’ fast-paced offense, led by Haliburton, ensures a high number of possessions and scoring opportunities. The Celtics can match this pace with their own efficient offense.
  • Defensive Absences: The absence of Porzingis affects Boston's interior defense, making it easier for Indiana to score in the paint.
  • Offensive Depth: Both teams have multiple scoring threats. Boston's depth with Tatum, Brown, and White, along with Indiana’s Haliburton and Turner, ensures a consistent scoring output throughout the game.

These factors combined suggest that Game 2 will be another high-scoring affair, making the over 224.5 points a solid bet.

Pick: Over 224.5 points

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