Celtics vs Pacers: The Boston Celtics seek a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at TD Garden. In Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on Sunday, the Celtics locked down the Pacers.
Event: NBA Basketball
Team: Celtics vs Pacers
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Game Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
The regular season was far from a dominant showing for the Boston Celtics, particularly after reaching last year’s Eastern Conference finals. However, fourth-seeded Boston showed any concerns prior to the playoffs might be premature after an impressive 84-74 comeback win over the No. 5 Indiana Pacers in their best-of-seven first-round series.
While Indiana’s offense was a no-show in Game 1, they will get their shot to even the series when the two teams resume the first-round series on Wednesday. Boston won three out of its four regular-season meetings against Indiana, with its only loss coming way back in early November — back when the Pacers still had the services of All-Star guard Victor Oladipo who was lost for the season with a ruptured quad tendon in January.
Here’s everything you need to know about this first-round matchup between the Celtics and the Pacers.
Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris led Boston with 20 points apiece, while Al Horford added 10 points and 11 rebounds and helped the Celtics win the rebounding battle by 13. Reserve guard Cory Joseph led the Pacers with 14 points. Tipoff for Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs 2019 is set for 7 p.m. ET. Boston is favored by 7.5 in the latest Celtics vs. Pacers odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 204. Before making any Celtics vs. Pacers picks of your own, listen to the predictions for the 2019 NBA Playoffs from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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The model has factored in that Boston has owned Indiana in recent meetings. The Celtics have won four straight against the Pacers, with an average margin of victory of 14.8 points.
The model also has considered that Boston will have the best player on the floor in Irving. The do-it-all point guard averaged 23.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists this season while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 40.1 percent on 3-pointers. The Celtics won Game 1 despite Irving struggling to find the bottom of the net, knocking down just 6-of-17 from the field.
But just because Boston won Game 1 does not guarantee it will cover the Celtics vs. Pacers spread on Wednesday night.