Pacers vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks Today 1/8

Pacers vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks Today 1/8

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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Preview and Prediction - KingPin Pro

Indianapolis, IN; January 8, 2024, 5:00 p.m. EST

Spread: BOS -3.5
Over/Under: 244.5

 

Introduction

Get ready for an intriguing matchup as the Boston Celtics take on the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on January 8, 2024. In this KingPin Pro preview, we'll explore the key aspects of the game, recent team performances, and player insights. 

 

Team Analysis

Boston Celtics

The Celtics, with an impressive 28-7 record, continue their dominant run in the Eastern Conference. However, they face a challenging matchup against the Pacers, with key players like Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis listed as questionable.

 

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers, standing at 20-15, aim to capitalize on their recent win against the Celtics. With home-court advantage, they look to exploit the potential absence of Tatum and Porzingis in the opposing lineup.

 

Injuries

The Celtics list Sam Hauser, Jayson Tatum, and Kristaps Porzingis as game-time decisions for January 8. The Pacers list Isaiah Jackson, Bruce Brown, and Andrew Nembhard as game-time decisions as well.

 

Recent Performances

Boston Celtics

The Celtics secured a convincing win against the Pacers in their last game, scoring 118 points. However, the potential absence of key players could impact their performance in the upcoming matchup.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers suffered a defeat against the Celtics in their recent encounter, scoring 101 points. With a chance for redemption on their home court, they aim to capitalize on any weaknesses in the Celtics' lineup.

 

Prediction

The Pacers are expected to cover the +3.5 points spread. With Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis listed as questionable, the Celtics may face challenges in maintaining their dominance. The Pacers, fueled by their recent win and the potential absence of key Celtics players, have a strong chance to not only compete but also cover the spread.

Anticipate a closely contested game with the Pacers utilizing home-court advantage and exploiting any weaknesses in the Celtics' lineup.

Pick: Pacers +3.5

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