Celtics vs. Pacers Predictions & Best Bets: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under and Props | Game 1

Written By PlayPicks Staff on May 20, 2024

The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers square off to tip off the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics are listed as favorites by 10 points for the game, which airs on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET. The matchup has an over/under of 222.5 points.

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Spread: Celtics (-10) to Cover

  • The model projects the Celtics to win, just as DraftKings does, but the model favors them by slightly more points (11.5 to 10).
  • Boston’s ATS record is 42-36-4 this season.
  • The Celtics have covered the spread 17 times this season (17-13-2 ATS) when playing as at least 10-point favorites.
  • So far this year, Indiana has compiled a 44-35-3 record against the spread.
  • The Pacers have covered the spread once this season (1-2 ATS) when playing as at least 10-point underdogs.

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Total: Over 222.5

  • The model projects a total (234.0 points) much higher than the one set by DraftKings for this game (222.5 points). Take the over.
  • Boston’s games have finished with more than 222.5 points 54 times so far this year.
  • Indiana’s games have had over 222.5 points 70 times this year.
  • In the Celtics’ 82 games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total 43 times.
  • A total of 42 Pacers games this season have gone over the point total.

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Moneyline Winner: Celtics (-440)

  • Prediction: Celtics 123, Pacers 111
  • This season, Boston has won 63 out of the 79 games, or 79.7%, in which it has been favored.
  • Indiana has won in 20, or 52.6%, of the 38 contests it has been named as the odds-on underdog this year.

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Jaylen Brown Points Prop: Over 25.5

  • Jaylen Brown puts up 23.0 points, 5.5 boards and 3.6 assists per game, shooting 49.9% from the floor and 35.4% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game.
  • Tuesday’s over/under for Brown is 25.5. That’s 2.5 more than his season average.
  • Brown has gone over on his points prop total 38 times this season out of 77 games with such a prop.
  • Offensively, the Pacers are the best squad in the league (123.3 points per game). However defensively they are fourth-worst (120.2 points allowed per game).

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Tyrese Haliburton Points Prop: Under 18.5

  • Tyrese Haliburton is putting up 20.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 10.9 assists per contest. He’s making 47.7% of his shots from the floor and 36.4% from beyond the arc, with 2.8 treys per contest.
  • The 18.5-point total set for Haliburton on Tuesday is 1.6 fewer points than his season scoring average.
  • He has gone up against a points prop bet in 71 games this season, and he’s exceeded the total 29 times.
  • In terms of points, the Celtics are thriving on both offense and defense, as they rank second-best in the league in points scored (120.6 per game) and fifth-best in points allowed (109.2 per contest).

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All stats in this article refer to the 2023-24 regular season.

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