Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers NBA Picks & Predictions 11/3/2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Boston Celtics travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Boston as 1 point favorites.
The Celtics head into this matchup with a mark of 6-2. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They have a point differential of 4.8 as they average 104.3 points per contest while giving up 99.5 per game. The Pacers have an overall record of 5-3 this season. They are 2nd in the Central Division. They average 108.8 points per game and surrender 102.6, good for a point differential of 6.1.
Valuable Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 3-4-0 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 2-5-0 against the over/under
Important Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Indiana Pacers are 4-3-1 against the spread
The Indiana Pacers are 4-4-0 against the over/under
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
11/02/18 G Jaylen Brown Foot is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
10/29/18 F Daniel Theis Plantar Fasciitis is out indefinitely
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Kyrie Irving averages 17.9 points per game in 31.9 minutes per contest. He averages 5.6 assists per contest and 4.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%. Jayson Tatum comes into this contest averaging 16.0 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per night. He pulls down 7.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is at 88%.
Victor Oladipo averages 22.0 points per game and he sees the court an average of 32.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.9 rebounds per contest and 4.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 55%. Bojan Bogdanovic averages 14.1 points per game while playing 30.3 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.8 rebounds per game and has 0.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage is at 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Celtics allow 99.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 1st in the league. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 28% average from behind the arc, ranking them 2nd and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.8 rebounds a game which ranks 27th, and they give up 20.6 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 13.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league. Boston averages 104.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.8 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team, which has them ranked 28th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 21st in the league. They average 48.6 rebounds per game and 23.9 assists per contest, which ranks them 7th and 16th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 13.1 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pacers surrender 102.6 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 6th and 16th in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 20.8 assists allowed per contest, and 5th with 41.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pacers are 20th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.3 per game. Indiana is 22nd in the league with 108.8 points per game this year. They are 2nd in the league in shooting at 51%, while their average scoring margin is 6.1. They shoot 42% from 3-point range, which is good for 2nd in the NBA. They are 29th in the league in rebounding with 40.4 boards per game and 20th in assists per contest with 23.4. The Pacers are 18th in turnovers per game with 13.8.
The Celtics are 27th in the NBA in offensive rating with 103.9, and their defensive rating of 99.2 is ranked 1st. In terms of pace they are 19th in the league with 100.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 24th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 5th in the league. Boston is 18th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 47%, which is 29th in the league.
Indiana is 9th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 24th in the NBA. The Pacers are 13th in the league in defensive rating with 106.1, and their offensive rating of 112.4 is ranked 5th. They are 30th in the NBA in pace with 96.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 56% is 3rd. As a unit they are 8th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 26% of their shot attempts, ranking 28th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Indiana +1
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