Boston Celtics (42-21) at Indiana Pacers (39-25)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Spread: Boston Celtics (-3) vs. Indiana Pacers (+3) O/U: 215
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The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life FieldHouse on Tuesday night.
The Boston Celtics have been in a bit of a rut lately as they’ve lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling painfully short to the Thunder in a 105-104 home loss on Sunday. Gordon Hayward led the team with 24 points and four assists, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum each scored 19 points while Kemba Walker chipped in with 14 points and five assists. As a team, the Celtics shot just 41 percent from the field and 13 of 37 from the 3-point line as they started well to lead by as many as 18 points, before seeing their lead disappear in the second half as they lost on a layup from the Thunder’s Dennis Schroder with just 8.5 seconds left on the clock. With the last shot, the Celtics went to Tatum who missed the 18-foot game winner with the game on the line.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in great shape lately as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after escaping Dallas with a 112-109 road win on Sunday. Domantas Sabonis led the way with 20 points, 17 rebounds and six assists while TJ Warren, Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo each scored 16 points as they set the tone with 31 points in the first quarter, but they found themselves in a battle and down by five points late in the fourth quarter, until they went on a decisive 8-0 run in the final 3:04 to escape with the unlikely win.
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The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games.
Boston are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Boston are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Indiana.
Boston are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 5 games.
Indiana are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
Indiana are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games at home.
Indiana are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Boston.
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Jaylen Brown will remain out for Tuesday’s game, while Malcolm Brogdon was diagnosed with a torn left quadriceps and is listed as week to week, so both teams will be shorthanded in this one. The Celtics still have more than enough talent to get the win and they are a solid 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, but the Pacers are just in a groove right now and they’re gaining so much confidence with these narrow wins. I will take Jayson Tatum and the Celtics to win 111 to 109.