Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/11/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana -1
Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics (17-5, 1st in the Atlantic Division) go to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday where they'll take on the Indiana Pacers (15-9, 2nd in the Central Division). Indiana opens this game as 1 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 209.5.
The Celtics cover the spread 70.0% of the time, having gone 14-6-2 ATS. Indiana is covering 52.2% of the time, going 12-11-1 against the spread.
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
12/9/2019 Marcus Smart PG Eye Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
12/9/2019 Tacko Fall C Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
12/8/2019 Robert Williams C Hip Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
12/8/2019 Romeo Langford SG Ankle Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/9/2019 JaKarr Sampson SF Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
12/9/2019 Brian Bowen SG Wrist Game Time Decision
12/6/2019 Victor Oladipo SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 20
Jayson Tatum comes into this game averaging 21.1 points per contest while playing 34.1 minutes per night this year. He grabs 7.2 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.8 assists per game. His FG percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is 82%. Jaylen Brown averages 20.0 points per contest in 33.4 minutes per game. He averages 1.9 assists per game and 6.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% for the season while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Domantas Sabonis scores 18.4 points per contest while playing 34.5 minutes per game. He hauls in 13.5 rebounds per contest and has 3.7 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Malcolm Brogdon averages 19.1 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.7 rebounds per game and has 7.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 94%.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston averages 110.6 points per contest, which is 15th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 7.9 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 17th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 45.8 boards per contest and 23.4 assists per game, which ranks them 12th and 20th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 29th with 13.5 per game. The Celtics allow 102.8 points per contest, which is 2nd in the NBA. They also surrender a 43% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 4th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.5 rebounds a game which ranks 24th, and they allow 22.4 assists per game which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 16.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 17th in the NBA with 108.8 points per contest this season. They are 7th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 4.08. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 9th in the league. They are 18th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.5 boards per contest and 13th in assists per game with 24.5. The Pacers are 23rd in turnovers per contest with 14.0. The Pacers give up 104.7 points per game, which ranks them 6th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 8th and 12th in those defensive statistics. They rank 5th with 22.3 dimes allowed per game and 6th with 43.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Pacers are 13th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.0 per contest this year.
The Celtics are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 103.1, and their offensive rating of 111 is ranked 3rd. They are 21st in the NBA in pace with 99.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 16th. As a unit they are 14th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 13th in the NBA. Boston is 27th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 26th in the NBA.
Indiana is 22nd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 24th in the NBA. The Pacers are 17th in the league in defensive rating with 104.7, and their offensive rating of 108.8 is ranked 9th. They are 22nd in the NBA in pace with 99.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 14th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shot attempts, ranking 29th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Celtics/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Indiana -1
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