Thursday, December 22, 2016
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Boston Celtics travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, December 22, 2016. The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 16-12. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 1.9 as they are averaging 104.4 points per game while giving up 102.5 per contest. The Pacers have an overall record of 15-15. They currently are 3rd in the Central Division. They are averaging 104.5 points per game and surrendering 106.2, good for a point differential of -1.7.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest averaging 26.6 points per game while playing 33.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Celtics. He pulls down 2.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 90%. Al Horford averages 15.7 points per game in 33 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.3 assists per contest and 6.8 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Jeff Teague averages 15.4 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per contest this year for the Pacers. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 7.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Paul George averages 21.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 7 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 92%.
Boston averages 104.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 15th in the league. They average 49.8 rebounds per game and 24.6 assists per game which ranks them 27th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 5th with 12.4 per game. The Celtics allow 102.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 7th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.5 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 22 assists per contest which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in the league.
Indiana averages 104.5 points per game this year which ranks them 14th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 13th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 50 rebounds per game and 21.9 assists per contest which ranks them 25th and 17th respectively. In the turnover department the Pacers rank 18th with 14.1 per game. The Pacers allow 106.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 8th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 54.5 rebounds a game which ranks 25th and they give up 22.9 assists per contest which puts them in 20th place in the league. The Pacers force 15.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the NBA.
The Celtics have an offensive rating of 108.7 and a defensive rating of 106.8. In terms of pace they average 95.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 11.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%.
The Pacers rating on offense is 105.4 and they have a defensive rating of 107.1. They get 97.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 26% of their shot attempts. Indiana turns the ball over on 12.8 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 15-12-1 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 10-18-0 against the over/under
Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Indiana Pacers are 12-18-0 against the spread
The Indiana Pacers are 16-14-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
No key injuries to report
Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/20/16 G Monta Ellis Groin "?" Thursday vs. Boston
12/20/16 PG Rodney Stuckey Hamstring "?" Thursday vs. Boston
Josh's Pick: Take Indiana
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