Pacers vs Celtics Prediction Game 3 NBA East Finals 5/25

Pacers vs Celtics Prediction Game 3 NBA East Finals 5/25

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NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs. Pacers Game 3 Preview and Prediction

Indianapolis, IN; May 25, 2024, 5:30 PM EST

Game Odds

Odds by ESPN BET

Time Spread Total Moneyline
5:30 PM BOS -7.5 (-105) o222.5 (-110) -275
- IND +7.5 (-115) u222.5 (-110) +225

 

Game Overview

The Boston Celtics (64-18) will face the Indiana Pacers (47-35) in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 25, 2024, at 5:30 PM EST at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Celtics lead the series 2-0 after dominant performances in the first two games. The over/under for this matchup is set at 222.5 points.

Team Statistics

Boston Celtics

The Celtics are spearheaded by Jayson Tatum, who averages 26.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. The team's offensive firepower and solid defense have been key to their playoff success.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers rely heavily on Tyrese Haliburton, who averages 20.1 points and 10.9 assists per game. His playmaking ability is crucial for Indiana's offense.

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries can influence the dynamics of the game.

Boston Celtics

Luke Kornet is a game-time decision, while Kristaps Porzingis remains out until at least May 27.

Indiana Pacers

Tyrese Haliburton is a game-time decision, and Bennedict Mathurin is out for the season.

Recent Performances

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have been on a roll, winning all five of their last games, including two victories over the Pacers in this series.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have won three of their last five games but have struggled against the Celtics, losing both matchups in this series so far.

 

Prediction

For Game 3, the prediction is for the total points to go over 222.5. Here’s why betting on the over is a strong pick:

  • High-Scoring Trends: The first two games of this series have been high-scoring affairs, with totals of 261 and 236 points, respectively. Both teams have demonstrated potent offensive capabilities.
  • Pace of Play: The Pacers, led by Tyrese Haliburton, prefer an up-tempo style that leads to more possessions and scoring opportunities. The Celtics can match this pace with their versatile and dynamic offense.
  • Defensive Adjustments: While both teams will make defensive adjustments, their offensive strengths are likely to prevail. The Celtics' ability to score both inside and from the perimeter, combined with the Pacers' reliance on fast breaks and transition points, suggests another high-scoring game.
  • Player Performances: Key players like Jayson Tatum and Tyrese Haliburton are expected to continue their high-level performances, contributing significantly to the scoring totals.

Considering these factors, it's likely that Game 3 will see both teams pushing the pace and producing a high total score.

Pick: Over 222.5 Points

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