Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers Free NBA Picks & Odds 3-15-2016
by Tony Sink - 3/14/2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Boston Celtics travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The opening line for this game has Indiana as 1 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 209.
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The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 39-27 and a road record of 16-16. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.2 as they are averaging 106.1 points per game while giving up 101.9 per contest. Boston is 8-5 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 26-17. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Pacers have an overall record of 35-31 and a home record of 19-11. They currently are 2nd in the Central Division. They are averaging 101.9 points per game and surrendering 100.5, good for a point differential of 1.4. Indiana has a division record of 6-7 and a conference record of 22-17. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest averaging 21.9 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Celtics. He pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 88%. Avery Bradley averages 15.1 points per game in 33.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 2.6 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Paul George averages 23.3 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per contest this year for the Pacers. He grabs 7 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 86%. George Hill averages 12.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.2 rebounds per contest and 3.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Boston averages 106.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 24th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 27th in the league. They average 53.5 rebounds per game and 24.6 assists per game which ranks them 8th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 13.9 per game. The Celtics allow 101.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 2nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.8 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 20.6 assists per contest which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 16.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league.
Indiana averages 101.9 points per game this year which ranks them 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 1.4 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 16th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 52.3 rebounds per game and 20.7 assists per contest which ranks them 14th and 24th respectively. In the turnover department the Pacers rank 19th with 14.8 per game. The Pacers allow 100.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 9th and 6th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 54.1 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd and they give up 20.8 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. The Pacers force 15.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the NBA.
The Celtics average 105.9 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 105.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 2.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -0.3 per contest. The Celtics have an offensive rating of 106.9 and a defensive rating of 102.7. In terms of pace they average 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Pacers score 102.7 ppg at home and they have averaged 95.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -4.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 3.9 points per game. The Pacers rating on offense is 104.2 and they have a defensive rating of 102.8. They get 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 27% of their shot attempts. Indiana turns the ball over on 13.4 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14.3 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 35-29-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 33-32-1 against the over/under
Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Indiana Pacers are 34-32-0 against the spread
The Indiana Pacers are 31-35-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
03/14/16 C Kelly Olynyk Shoulder "?" Tuesday vs. Indiana
03/13/16 F Jae Crowder Ankle out indefinitely
Indiana Pacers Injuries
03/14/16 G Ty Lawson Foot "?" Tuesday vs. Boston
03/14/16 PG George Hill Toe "?" Tuesday vs. Boston
03/14/16 PG Rodney Stuckey Foot injured last game, probable Tuesday vs. Boston
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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