Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers 08h30 05/12/2023 NBA basketball predictions, point spread predictions, and over/under predictions from 12Bet experts. Hurry up and download the 12bet app for lots of amazing rewards!
Match Up Details
Date: 5 December 2023
Time 08:30AM GMT+8
Place: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indiana
Celtics vs Pacers Odds
Celtics to win odds: 1.49
Pacers to win odds: 2.58
- Scoring Average: 116.7 points per game, ranking them eighth in the NBA.
- Defensive Performance: Allowing 107.4 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the NBA.
- Three-Point Shooting: Averaging 15.6 three-pointers per game, the second-most in the league.
- Rebounding: Averaging 47.1 rebounds per game, the third-most in the NBA.
- Key Player: Jayson Tatum, leading the team with 27.4 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game.
- Kristaps Porzingis: Averaging 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game (though he was questionable for the Pacers game due to a calf strain).
- Scoring Average: 128.8 points per game, the highest in the NBA.
- Defensive Challenges: Allowing 125.9 points per game, the most in the league.
- Field Goal Percentage: Shooting 51.1% from the field and 38.4% from three-point range.
- Rebounding: Averaging 39.4 rebounds per game, ranking 29th in the league.
- Key Player: Tyrese Haliburton, averaging 27 points per game and dealing with a knee contusion and respiratory
- Myles Turner: Leading the Pacers with 7.8 rebounds per game and ranking seventh in the league with 2.1 blocks per game.
The Boston Celtics have been showcasing a strong performance in the current season, holding a commendable 15-4 record. Their journey to the NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals has been marked by resilience and strategic prowess. Recently, they secured a critical victory against the Chicago Bulls, a game that was crucial for their advancement in the tournament. This win was part of a three-game winning streak, during which they averaged an impressive 120.7 points per game. The Celtics’ offense, averaging 116.7 points per game overall, is backed by efficient shooting, both from the field and beyond the arc. Defensively, they have been formidable, allowing only 107.4 points per game, ranking fourth-best in the NBA. This defensive strength is complemented by their rebounding capabilities, with an average of 47.1 rebounds per game. Key players like Jayson Tatum, leading with 27.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, and Kristaps Porzingis, contributing significantly despite recent injury concerns, have been instrumental in Boston’s success.
The Indiana Pacers, with a record of 10-8, have been a high-scoring team this season, leading the NBA with an average of 128.8 points per game. However, their defensive performance has been a concern, as they have allowed the most points per game in the league at 125.9. Despite this, their offense has been a spectacle, with Tyrese Haliburton leading the charge, averaging 27 points per game. The Pacers have shown their scoring prowess in recent games, including a notable performance against Miami, where they averaged 138 points across two games. However, Haliburton’s recent health issues, including a knee contusion and respiratory infection, have raised questions about his availability. Myles Turner has been a key figure for the Pacers, not just in scoring but also in rebounding and blocking, highlighting the team’s need for a tighter defense to complement their explosive offense.
Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers point spread prediction
Point Spread: +5
The Pacers, leading the NBA with an average of 128.8 points per game, have demonstrated exceptional scoring ability, while the Celtics also boast a formidable offense, averaging 116.7 points per game. However, the Pacers’ defensive challenges, notably their league-high average of 125.9 points allowed per game, could tilt the advantage towards the Celtics, who have exhibited a more balanced approach with strong defensive capabilities.
Player performances and injuries are also critical factors. The impact of stars like Jayson Tatum for the Celtics and Tyrese Haliburton for the Pacers will be pivotal in determining the game’s direction. The health and availability of key players, particularly Kristaps Porzingis and Haliburton, who have been dealing with health issues, could significantly sway the game’s dynamics.
Moreover, the Celtics’ recent momentum, marked by a three-game winning streak and a strong showing in group play, might give them a psychological edge. On the other hand, the Pacers have shown they can keep pace in high-scoring games, as evidenced by their recent performance in Miami. Additionally, the Pacers playing at home could offer them a slight advantage, given the typical benefits of home court familiarity.
Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers over/under prediction
The over/under for the game is set at 241 points.
Both teams have demonstrated strong offensive capabilities this season. The Pacers lead the NBA with an impressive average of 128.8 points per game, showcasing their ability to score heavily. The Celtics are not far behind, with an average of 116.7 points per game, ranking them eighth in the league. This offensive firepower from both teams suggests a likelihood of a high-scoring game.
While the Pacers excel in scoring, their defense has been a significant concern. They allow the most points per game in the league at 125.9. This defensive vulnerability could be exploited by the Celtics’ efficient offense, potentially leading to a high combined score.
The recent performances of both teams also support the high over/under prediction. The Celtics have been on a winning streak, averaging 120.7 points in their last three games, indicating their current offensive form. Similarly, the Pacers have shown their scoring prowess in recent games, including averaging 138 points across two games in Miami.
Celtics – Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum, Al Horford, Jrue Holiday, Derrick White
Pacers – Obi Toppin, Buddy Hield, Myles Turner, Bruce Brown Jr., Andrew Nembhard
Tyrese Haliburton – Questionable
Kristaps Porzingis – Out
Boston Celtics 125 – 118 Indiana Pacers
Boston Celtics -5 over 241