Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+4)
The Indiana Pacers (15-14) travel to TD Garden on Friday where they'll take on the Boston Celtics (15-16). The odds on this matchup have Boston as 4-point favorites. The total has been set at 218.5.
The Indiana Pacers faced the Golden State Warriors and ended up losing by a score of 111-107 in their last contest. Indiana finished the game with a 45.7% FG percentage (37 of 81) and made 7 of their 29 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Pacers knocked down 26 of 32 shots for a percentage of 81.3%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 39 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 20 assists for this contest while creating 18 turnovers and having 11 steals. In terms of defending, Indiana let their opponent shoot 47.0% from the field on 39 out of 83 shooting. Golden State doled out 27 dimes and had 10 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Golden State had 41 boards (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Golden State walked away from this one shooting 90.3% from the free throw line by burying 28 of 31 tries. They converted 5 of 26 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Domantas Sabonis is someone who had an impact for the contest. He left the arena with 36 points on 13 of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 45:35 mins played and also collected 16 boards. Sabonis finished the contest at 61.9% from the field and distributed 10 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in this contest for the Pacers was Malcolm Brogdon. He snagged 9 rebounds in 40:42 minutes on the court. He walked away from this one shooting 54.5% from the floor in this contest by going 12-of-22 (32 points). When the time ran out, Brogdon totaled 7 assists.
Indiana enters this contest with a win-loss record of 15-14 on the season. They are giving up possession 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 20.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Indiana is pulling in 43.0 rebounds per game and has racked up 777 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 14th in the league in terms of passing. The Pacers are hitting 37.1% on 3-pointers (361 of 973) and 77.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 113.4 points per game (13th in the league) while shooting 47.5% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Pacers are forcing 14.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.7 fouls. They give up 37.9% on 3-point shots and they are 15th in the league in points per game from their opponents (111.9). The Pacers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.9% (430 of 542) and they surrender 45.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 11th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 745 surrendered so far this year.
In their last game, the Boston Celtics took a loss by a score of 127-112 when they played the Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics snagged 24 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 36 for the contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 6 times, while earning 10 steals in this game. The Hawks had 23 fouls in the game which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for 23 shots. They were able to convert 20 of those for a percentage of 87.0%. When discussing shots from 3-point land, Boston converted 8 out of 31 tries (25.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Celtics ended up shooting 42 for 95 from the field which gave them a rate of 44.2%. The Celtics allowed the Hawks to knock down 45 of 85 tries from the field which left them shooting 52.9% for the game. They wrapped up this game 54.8% from 3-point land by going 23 out of 42 and ended up shooting 14 out of 17 from the free throw line (82.4%). With respect to cleaning the glass, Boston allowed Atlanta to get 45 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
Jaylen Brown was important for the Celtics in the matchup. He buried 12 out of 20 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 60.0%, and added 7 rebounds. Brown racked up 29 points in his 37:33 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 5 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Boston was Jayson Tatum. He came away with 4 dimes in his 35:36 minutes played, and he put in 10 out of 23 from the floor. Tatum ended the game having shot 43.5% from the field and also collecting 28 points and 6 rebounds.
Boston has a record of 15-16 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Celtics are hitting on 46.2% from the field, which ranks them 17th in the league. Boston has earned 3,431 points so far this year (110.7 per contest) and they pull in 44.0 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 22.1 times per game (28th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.5 times per contest. The Celtics are committing 21.4 personal fouls every game and they shoot 76.1% from the charity stripe. The Celtics are ranked 7th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 109.8. They have conceded 23.1 assists and 42.5 boards per contest, which is ranked 5th and 7th in the league. The Boston defense surrenders 35.2% on three-point shots (355 of 1,009) and opponents are converting on 79.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 14.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.8% from the floor (16th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana (+4)
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