Pacers vs Celtics Prediction Game 4 NBA East Finals 5/27

Pacers vs Celtics Prediction Game 4 NBA East Finals 5/27

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NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs. Pacers Game 4 Preview and Prediction

Indianapolis, IN; May 27, 2024, 5:00 PM EST

Game Odds

Odds by ESPN BET

Time Spread Total Moneyline
5:00 PM BOS -7.5 (-115) o222.5 (-110) -340
- IND +7.5 (-105) u222.5 (-110) +270

 

Game Overview

The Boston Celtics (64-18) visit the Indiana Pacers (47-35) for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27, 2024, at 5:00 PM EST at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Celtics lead the series 3-0 and are looking to sweep the Pacers to advance to the NBA Finals. The line for this game is set at Boston -7.5, with the over/under at 222.5 points.

 

Team Statistics

Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics with 26.9 points per game, complemented by his 8.1 rebounds per game. Derrick White contributes significantly with 5.2 assists per game.

Indiana Pacers

Tyrese Haliburton leads the Pacers with 20.1 points and 10.9 assists per game. Myles Turner adds strength in the paint with 6.9 rebounds per game.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries can significantly impact game outcomes.

Boston Celtics

Luke Kornet and Kristaps Porzingis are game-time decisions, potentially affecting the Celtics' frontcourt depth.

Indiana Pacers

Tyrese Haliburton is also a game-time decision, which could affect the Pacers' offensive flow if he is not at full strength.

 

Recent Performances

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have won their last five games, including three victories against the Pacers in this series. Their last win was a close 114-111 game on the road.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have lost their last three games to the Celtics but managed to keep the scores competitive, especially in Game 1 (133-128 OT) and Game 3 (114-111).

 

Prediction

For Game 4, the prediction is for the game to go over the total of 222.5 points. Here’s why betting on the over is a strong pick:

  • High-Scoring History: The first three games of this series have all gone over the 222.5-point mark, with scores of 133-128, 126-110, and 114-111. Both teams have shown they can consistently score at a high rate.
  • Offensive Prowess: Both the Celtics and Pacers boast efficient offenses. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown lead a potent Boston attack, while Tyrese Haliburton orchestrates the Pacers' offense effectively.
  • Defensive Fatigue: As the series progresses, defensive intensity often wanes due to fatigue, leading to higher scoring games. With the Pacers fighting to extend the series, expect a fast-paced game with less emphasis on defense.
  • Three-Point Shooting: Both teams rely heavily on three-point shooting, which can lead to higher-scoring games if they get hot from beyond the arc. The Celtics, in particular, have multiple shooters capable of scoring in bunches.

Considering these factors, it is reasonable to expect another high-scoring game, making the over of 222.5 points the best bet for this matchup.

Pick: Over 222.5 Points

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