Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics (Game 2) april 17,2019
The Wednesday night NBA playoff schedule will tip-off with a matchup between the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics from TD Garden.
The Pacers’ offense couldn’t find its footing in the second half en route to an 84-74 Game 1 loss to the Celtics in Boston.
In total, Indiana scored just 29 combined in the third and fourth quarters, and though the defense was able to hold the Celtics in check, it wasn’t enough to overcome the prolonged offensive draught in the second half.
The Pacers led by seven at halftime, but Boston outscored the Pacers 26-8 in the third quarter, taking the lead and comfortably holding onto it for the rest of the afternoon.
Kyrie Irving had 20 points to lead the Celtics, who didn’t shoot particularly well themselves but made enough from three-point range to pull away.
That’s the number of rebounds the Celtics pulled down in Game 1, compared to only 42 for the Pacers. Indiana is not as talented as Boston offensively and must be able to hold its own on the boards. Al Horford led the way with 11 rebounds for Boston last time out and several other players had seven. This is a slow-down game so the Pacers need to concentrate on rebounding as a group since fast-breaks aren’t going to be a common occurrence.
The Pacers had some good moments during the regular season but struggled down the stretch and it was more of the same on Sunday. Indiana does not have the offensive talent to score consistently against the Celtics. Boston will take a commanding 2-0 lead in this series by winning the next game as well, and it will cover the spread. This is a mismatch in Boston and the Celtics will flex their muscles once again.
Pacers are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 road games.
Celtics are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Under is 9-3 in Pacers last 12 road games.
Over is 12-5 in Celtics last 17 overall.
Under is 21-10 in the last 31 meetings in Boston
ATS- Against The Spread
Betting against the spread is a good betting strategy when the point spread is low, or the bettor believes the team they are betting on can beat their opponent by at least the point spread advertised. If the bettor believes the team will win big, betting against the spread will result in a huge payout. An example of betting against the spread would be if a wager that the Boston Celtics (-7) would beat the Indiana Pacers (+7). That means the Celtics would have to win by more than 7 points for the individual to win his bet.