Celtics vs. Pacers Predictions & Best Bets: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under and Props | Game 2

Written By PlayPicks Staff on May 22, 2024

The Boston Celtics bring a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics are listed as favorites by 9 points for the game, which will be broadcast on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET. The matchup has an over/under of 225 points.

Our computer predictions for Thursday’s game may help you place an informed wager by picking the best bets available.

Ready to put your picks to the test? Sign up for DraftKings Sportsbook and bet on this matchup today!

Spread: Celtics (-9) to Cover

  • The model projects the Celtics to win, just as DraftKings does, but the model favors them by slightly more points (11.2 to 9).
  • So far this season, Boston has compiled a 42-36-4 record against the spread.
  • The Celtics have been favored by 9 points or more 36 times this season, and covered the spread in 19 of those matchups.
  • Indiana has a 44-35-3 record against the spread this season.
  • The Pacers have covered the spread once this year (1-2 ATS) when playing as at least 9-point underdogs.

Think the Celtics will cover? Sign up and bet with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Total: Over 225

  • The model predicts a total (234.3 points) much higher than the one set by DraftKings for this matchup (225 points). Take the over.
  • Boston’s games have finished with more than 225 points 47 times so far this year.
  • There have been 65 Indiana’s games this season with more than 225 points scored.
  • The Celtics and their opponents have combined to hit the over 43 out of 82 times this season.
  • Pacers games have gone over the point total 42 out of 82 times this year.

Will this matchup go over the total? Check out DraftKings Sportsbook for the latest odds and to get the best signup offer using our link!

Moneyline Winner: Celtics (-395)

  • Prediction: Celtics 123, Pacers 112
  • Boston has won 63, or 79.7%, of the 79 games it has played as the favorite this season.
  • Indiana has been victorious in 20, or 52.6%, of the 38 contests it has been chosen as an underdog in this season.

Which team do you think will end up victorious? Sign up for DraftKings Sportsbook and make your pick!

Jaylen Brown Points Prop: Over 25.5

  • Jaylen Brown puts up 23.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, shooting 49.9% from the field and 35.4% from downtown with 2.1 made treys per game.
  • Thursday’s points prop for Brown is 25.5. That is 2.5 more than his season average.
  • Brown has hit the points prop over at a 38-for-77 clip this season.
  • The Pacers are the best squad in the NBA in points scored (123.3 per game) but fourth-worst in points allowed (120.2).

Check out all available player props for Jaylen Brown and other Celtics players in this matchup and sign up to place your bets with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Tyrese Haliburton Points Prop: Under 18.5

  • On a per-game basis, Tyrese Haliburton gets the Pacers 20.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 10.9 assists. He also averages 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocked shots.
  • The 18.5 points prop bet set for Haliburton on Thursday is 1.6 fewer points than his scoring average on the season (20.1).
  • He has hit the over 29 times on a points prop this season (in 71 tries).
  • The Celtics have been shining both offensively and defensively this season, ranking second-best in the NBA in points per game (120.6) and fifth-best in points allowed per game (109.2).

Check out the prop bets available for Tyrese Haliburton and other Pacers players in this matchup and sign up to place your bets with DraftKings Sportsbook.

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

Not all offers available in all states, please visit DraftKings for the latest promotions for your area. Must be 21+ to gamble, please wager responsibly. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, contact 1-800-GAMBLER.

PlayPicks Staff Avatar
Written by
PlayPicks Staff

PlayPicks staff has years of sports betting and DFS knowledge and we share all of that with you for free daily.

View all posts by PlayPicks Staff
Privacy Policy