Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers Predictions, NBA Expert Picks 3/10/2020
Game: Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Boston -1.5
Domantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers (39-25, 2nd in the Central Division) play the Boston Celtics (42-21, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Boston opens this game as 1.5 point favorites. The O/U is set at 217.
The Celtics cover the spread 62.3% of the time, having gone 38-23-2 ATS. Indiana is covering 54.8% of the time, going 34-28-2 against the spread.
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
03/08/20 SG Jaylen Brown Hamstring is questionable Tuesday vs Indiana
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
03/08/20 SF Doug McDermott Toe is questionable Tuesday vs Boston
03/07/20 SG Malcolm Brogdon Hip is out indefinitely
02/24/20 SG Jeremy Lamb ACL is out for season
Kemba Walker comes into this contest averaging 21.4 points per game while playing 31.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 87%. Jayson Tatum averages 23.4 points per game in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.0 assists per contest and 7.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Domantas Sabonis averages 18.3 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 12.5 rebounds per game and has 5.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is at 72%. Myles Turner averages 11.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.5 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 75%.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston averages 113.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 12th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 6.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 16th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 12th in the league. They average 46.0 rebounds per game and 22.9 assists per game, which ranks them 9th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 23rd with 13.7 per game. The Celtics allow 106.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 4th and 2nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.3 rebounds a game which ranks 11th and they give up 22.2 assists per contest, which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 22nd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 22nd in the league with 109.3 points per game this year. They are 3rd in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 2.0. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 13th in the NBA. They are 24th in the league in rebounding with 42.8 boards per game, and 5th in assists per contest with 26.0. The Pacers are 26th in turnovers per game with 13.1. The Pacers surrender 107.3 points per contest, which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 6th with 23.2 assists allowed per contest and 13th with 44.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pacers are 16th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.5 per game.
The Celtics are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 106.7, and their offensive rating of 112.9 is ranked 4th. They are 17th in the NBA in pace with 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 14th. As a unit they are 12th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 14th in the NBA. Boston is 24th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 25th in the NBA.
Indiana is 26th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 24th in the NBA. The Pacers are 17th in the league in defensive rating with 108.2, and their offensive rating of 110.2 is ranked 7th. They are 22nd in the NBA in pace with 98.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 10th. As a unit they are 15th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shot attempts, ranking 30th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Celtics/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston -1.5
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