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Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics

Indiana Pacers (38-28) at Boston Celtics (46-20)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at7:30 pm ET

|TD Garden|

The Line: Boston Celtics -6.5 — Over/Under: 209

FREE NBA PICK INDIANA PACERS VS BOSTON CELTICS

Indiana Pacers:
The Indiana Pacers are focused on the playoffs and continuing their awesome season. The Pacers are on a high after their last 112-87 win against the Atlanta Hawks. Granted the Hawks are not the best team in the league and the win was not surprising. The Pacers did not let that stop them from dominating the court offensively and defensively. The Pacers shot at a crazy 67% during the first quarter of the game, which made it hard for the Hawks to catch up. The Pacers hold an arsenal of great double-digit shooters who have carried the team despite them not having the best team. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 21 points which blew everyone’s minds since he has been averaging 14.4 points per game. He is one of the top players in the league when it comes to steals per game and the major of his steals become points for the Pacers. During their last game against the Celtics, he snatched five steals and I do not think tonight’s game will be any different. Point Guard Cory Joseph scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals in 35 minutes during Friday’s game.

Boston Celtics:
The Boston Celtics have won two back to back games and need as many wins as they can get to persuade Lebron James to stay with them once he becomes a free agent this summer. The Celtics are playing an awesome defense this season with veteran player Al Horford. During last game, he also stepped up offensively scoring 20 points. Kyrie Irving led the team with 23 points and seven rebounds during their last 117-109 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves and has averaged 24.7 points per game this season. Power Forward Marcus Morris even showcased his talents adding 17 points off of the bench. The Celtics could benefit from a more consistency amongst all players. They have plenty of heavy hitters, but a few more would not help seeing that Jaylen Brown is benched due to a concussion. Brown is a star in his own right nearly doubling his scoring, defensive, and rebounding stats since his rookie year.

FREE NBA PICK BOSTON CELTICS VS INDIANA PACERS

This will be an exciting game to watch for fans of both teams. I think the Celtics will have an issue defense wise since they have to play without Jaylen Brown. The Pacers have been playing great defense and offense they just need to keep their head in the game tonight because the Celtics fans can be pretty intense. With a player like Lebron James on their team right now they have a right to be. Cover the spread and pick the Pacers!

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PACERS
Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games
Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against teams with high winning percentages
CELTICS
Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games
Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning percentage

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[button type=”big” color=”blue”] Pick: Pacers [/button]

#Pacers training camp primer:

- First thing coach McMillan plans to address with his team
- No. 1 priority: rebounding
- Turner/Sabonis will get minutes together
- Another leap coming for Oladipo?
- Health update

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On the eve of #Pacers media day, here's my story from last month on the players-only workouts and team bonding events held in Miami — organized and run by Victor Oladipo: https://t.co/TDi89EW4s5

FOX Sports Indiana plans to televise 80 #Pacers games, two in the preseason (at MEM, at CLE) and 78 regular-season contests.

Their preseason opener (at Houston) will air on NBATV and ESPN has their final exhibition game, in Chicago.

New @PacersPodcast:

I discussed my new gig and get you caught up on #Pacers news over the last month.

Subscribe/rate/review: https://t.co/BqhvzfxjyI

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The #Celtics have the potential to be scary good this season. https://t.co/suGATaLo1O

[email protected] Forsberg joins NBC Sports Boston as a #Celtics Insider https://t.co/hCdJdWUrcI

For #Celtics Kyrie Irving, playing pick-up games in Seattle this summer with Bill Russell in attendance was, “something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

"I've seen a lot of dedication, maybe not from the first day ... he had that hiccup," said #Celtics Aron Baynes on Robert Williams whose commitment according to Baynes, has been strong after a not-so-great start.

Robert Williams said he has been paying close attention to a number of #Celtics such as Aron Baynes, Al Horford, Tatum and Brown where he has focused mainly on their "consistency more than anything," Williams said.

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