The NBA is set up with an exciting slate of games on Tuesday night. Nine games are up on the board in total throughout March 10. One of these games will be a matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers. These two teams have earned solid records to this point in the season, which should lead to an exciting game. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Boston has earned a record of 42-21 to this point in the season, which has them in the third spot in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are currently three games behind the second place Toronto Raptors and has a game and a half lead on the fourth seeded Miami Heat. Boston has lost back to back games and four of their last five. The Celtics will look to get back on track with a big win on Tuesday night.
The Pacers have put up a record of 39-25 throughout this season. This has Indiana in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Pacers are one game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers, while two games behind the Miami Heat. Indiana has won two games in a row and six of their last seven. The Pacers will look to keep it going with a victory over the Celtics.
These two teams have had a strong season so far, which has helped put them into playoff spots right now. They will both look to get a big victory on Tuesday night to try and move up in the standings. I expect both teams to try and control the floor early to take an early lead. I expect a high intensity game between these two teams.
These two teams met up four times throughout the regular season. Indiana was able to take the first game of the season series at home. The Pacers struggled against the Celtics for the rest of the season. Boston was able to take the final three games of the season series. These two teams met up again in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics kept up their dominance as they swept the Pacers in the first round.
Indiana hosted the first game of the season series on December 11. Kemba Walker dropped 44 points, while Jaylen Brown had 18 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon posted 29 points for the Pacers. Aaron Holiday and Justin Holiday had 18 points and 17 points respectively off the bench. This was enough to help lead Indiana to a solid 122-117 win at home.
Boston absolutely dominated the Pacers in last season’s series, winning the season series 3-1. The Celtics carried that momentum into the playoffs as the swept Indiana in the first round. The Pacers were able to bounce back with a nice win in the first game of the season series. These two teams will look to take the second game of the season series, which should lead to an exciting game to kick off Tuesday night’s action.
Field Goal Shooting
The Celtics have not been great when shooting from the field this season. Boston is seventeenth in the NBA, making only 46 percent of their shots from the field. The Celtics have made an average of 36.3 percent of their shots from deep this season, which is not great. Boston has also made 51.9 percent of their shots inside the arc, which isn’t great.
Indiana has done great at shooting from the field this season. The Pacers have made around 47.7 percent of their shots from the field this season, which is third best in the NBA. Indiana has also made 36.2 percent of their shots from the field which is around middle of the league. The Pacers are making 52.9 percent of their shots from close, which is top ten in the NBA as well.
The Pacers have been the better of the two teams when it comes to shooting this season. Boston has been much better defending the floor though. The Celtics have the fourth worst shooting percentage against them from the field this season. If Boston’s defense can slow down the Pacers offense, it will give them a good chance to pull off the win.
Jayson Tatum has had a nice season for the Celtics so far. Tatum is averaging 23.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. Kemba Walker has averaged 21.5 points per game in his first season with Boston. Gordan Hayward is averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Marcus Smart is averaging 13.5 points per game this season.
T.J. Warren has helped lead the Pacers to this point in the season. Warren has averaged around 18.5 points per game this season. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game throughout this season. Victor Oladipo has averaged 12.5 points per game since coming back from injury. Myles Turner is averaging 12 points per game this season as well.
These two teams have a nice amount of depth throughout their lineup. I expect both teams to try and use their depth to their advantage as they look for a win on Tuesday night. The Celtics are without Jaylen Brown, while Indiana is missing Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb and Doug McDermott. Both teams will also look to overcome their injuries in this one.
Indiana was able to earn a win in the first game of this season’s series. The Pacers have been the better shooting team this season, but I think that Boston’s defense can slow them down on Tuesday night. Indiana is missing three key players in their lineup, which I think will play a key role in this game. If Boston can take advantage of this, I like their chances to pull off the win on the road.
BetOnline has the Celtics listed as a -2 against the spread for this matchup. This gives a slight advantage to Boston in this game. I think with the Celtics coming into this game on a small losing streak, that they will come out with a faster pace to try and end the poor streak. Indiana is close to catching Boston in the standings, which should encourage the Celtics to come out really strong, making them my pick of the night.