The Indiana Pacers (25-52) carry their five-game losing skid into Friday’s matchup with the Boston Celtics (47-30). Tip-off from TD Garden in Boston will be 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Pacers vs. Celtics odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Pacers are just 3-7 in their last 10 games and have lost five straight, most recently losing 125-118 to the Denver Nuggets Wednesday. They covered the spread in that game but were 0-4 ATS in their previous four games. Indiana ranks among the worst defenses in the NBA with 114.0 points allowed per game (25th) and 36.7% shooting allowed from 3-point range (28th).
The Celtics were on a tear as winners of six straight games before dropping back-to-back games to the Toronto Raptors Monday (115-112) and Miami Heat Wednesday (106-98) in their last two contests. They’re still 7-3 in their last 10 games but they’re now third in the East and sitting two games back of the Heat for the top seed. Boston is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games, so its done a good job covering in recent weeks.
Pacers at Celtics odds, spread and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:55 a.m. ET.
- Money line: Pacers +800 (bet $100 to win $800) | Celtics -1600 (bet $1,600 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Pacers +14.5 (-108) | Celtics -14.5 (-112)
- Over/Under (O/U): 225.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
Pacers at Celtics key injuries
- C Goga Bitadze (foot) questionable
- SF Oshae Brissett (back) questionable
- PG Malcolm Brogdon (back) questionable
- SG Chris Duarte (toe) out
- PF Isaiah Jackson (headache) questionable
- C Robert Williams III (knee) out indefinitely
Pacers at Celtics odds, lines, picks and predictions
Celtics 115, Pacers 104
The Celtics should win this game, but betting $1,600 to win $100 is certainly not worth the risk. PASS on the money line and bet the spread instead.
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