Celtics vs Pacers Prediction NBA Picks Free 1/30
- Lm Tipster
- Jan 30, 2024, 6:15:21 AM
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The Boston Celtics (36-11) will face the Indiana Pacers (27-20) on January 30, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. EST. This clash promises intense action as both teams look to solidify their positions in their respective divisions. In this comprehensive preview, we'll analyze key player statistics, recent team performances, and the impact of injuries on the game.
The Pacers, with a record of 27-20, have been showing resilience in recent games despite dealing with key player injuries. Notably, T. Haliburton has been leading the team with an impressive 23.6 points per game and 49.6% field goal percentage.
The Celtics, boasting a remarkable 36-11 record, have been dominant at home (21-2). J. Tatum has been a key player, contributing 26.8 points per game with a 46.8% field goal percentage.
Injuries and Player Matchups
The Pacers face uncertainties with key players like Myles Turner, Jalen Smith, Bennedict Mathurin, and Tyrese Haliburton, all listed as game-time decisions. These injuries could significantly impact the Pacers' performance.
The Celtics, on the other hand, have Kristaps Porzingis and Luke Kornet listed as game-time decisions. The availability of these players may influence the Celtics' strategy in the upcoming game.
The Pacers are coming off three consecutive victories against MEM, PHX, and PHI. Despite their recent success, the potential absence of key players may pose challenges against a strong Celtics team.
The Celtics had a recent loss against LAC but have demonstrated their dominance with wins against MIA, DAL, and HOU. The Celtics will look to bounce back with a solid performance at home.
Considering the key injuries for the Indiana Pacers and the Celtics' strong home record, we predict that the Boston Celtics will not only win the game but also cover the -5.5 points spread. The Pacers may struggle to match the Celtics' firepower, especially if their key players are unavailable.
The absence of Myles Turner and others could affect the Pacers' defensive capabilities, providing an opportunity for the Celtics, led by J. Tatum, to secure a convincing victory.
Pick: Boston Celtics -5.5.