Pacers vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/4

Pacers vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/4

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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - In-Season Tournament Quarterfinals

Indianapolis, IN; Monday, 5:30 p.m. EST

Spread: BOS -4.5
Over/Under: 240.5

Introduction

Witness an exciting matchup in the NBA In-Season Tournament Quarterfinals as the Boston Celtics (15-4) take on the Indiana Pacers (10-8) at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday at 5:30 p.m. EST. In this game preview, we'll delve into key player statistics, recent team performances, and a final prediction.

 

Team Analysis

Boston Celtics

The Celtics, currently first in the Eastern Conference with a 15-4 record, enter this game on a three-game win streak. Despite missing Kristaps Porzingis, their offensive powerhouse led by Jayson Tatum aims to continue their winning momentum.

Player Spotlight: Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum, averaging 27.4 points per game, showcases remarkable efficiency with a 49.9% field goal percentage. The Celtics' recent victories demonstrate their scoring prowess.

 

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers, sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 10-8 record, are coming off a convincing win against the Miami Heat. With key players like Obi Toppin and Tyrese Haliburton listed as game-time decisions, the Pacers look to make a statement.

Player Spotlight: Tyrese Haliburton

Tyrese Haliburton, averaging 27.0 points per game, is a crucial playmaker for the Pacers. His performance, coupled with the potential return of Obi Toppin, adds depth to the Pacers' offensive arsenal.

Injury Report

The Celtics will be without Kristaps Porzingis, while the Pacers' Obi Toppin and Tyrese Haliburton are listed as game-time decisions. The injury report adds an element of uncertainty to the matchup.

 

Prediction

Considering the offensive capabilities of both teams and the potential absence of key defensive players, the over of 240.5 points is the pick for this matchup. With both teams boasting dynamic offenses and the over/under set at 240.5 points, anticipate a fast-paced, high-scoring affair. The offensive firepower of Jayson Tatum and Tyrese Haliburton, combined with the potential return of key players, sets the stage for an exciting game.

Pick: Over 240.5 Points

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