Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction & Picks: Line, Spread, Over/Under – Eastern Conference Finals Game 2

The Indiana Pacers are 8.5-point underdogs heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Thursday, starting at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN. The Celtics hold a 1-0 lead in the series.

Celtics vs. Pacers Game Info & Odds

  • Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch on TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo (Regional restrictions may apply)
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Venue: TD Garden

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Celtics vs. Pacers Score Prediction

  • Prediction:
    Celtics 123 – Pacers 112

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Spread & Total Prediction for Celtics vs. Pacers

  • Pick ATS: Celtics (- 8.5)
  • Computer Predicted Spread: Celtics (-11.2)
  • Pick OU:
    Over (224.5)
  • Computer Predicted Total: 234.3
  • The Celtics have had less success against the spread than the Pacers this year, sporting an ATS record of 43-39-0, as opposed to the 44-38-0 record of the Pacers.
  • Boston covers the spread when it is an 8.5-point favorite or more 53.3% of the time. That’s less often than Indiana covers as an underdog of 8.5 or more (60%).
  • Both Boston and Indiana games have gone over the total 53.7% of the time this season.
  • As a moneyline underdog this year, the Pacers are 20-18, while the Celtics are 62-16 as moneyline favorites.

Celtics Performance Insights

  • In terms of points, the Celtics are dominating both offensively and defensively, 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).
  • Boston ranks second-best in the NBA by averaging 46.3 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 14th in the league (43.3 allowed per contest).
  • The Celtics rank 14th in the NBA with 26.9 assists per contest.
  • Although Boston is forcing 11.3 turnovers per game (worst in NBA), it ranks best in the league by committing only 11.3 turnovers per contest.
  • When it comes to three-point shooting, things are clicking for the Celtics, who are making 16.5 treys per game (best in NBA) and shooting 38.8% from three-point land (second-best).

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Pacers Performance Insights

  • Offensively, the Pacers are the best team in the NBA (123.3 points per game). However on defense they are fourth-worst (120.2 points conceded per game).
  • On the boards, Indiana is third-worst in the league in rebounds (41.5 per game). It is 15th in rebounds conceded (43.4 per game).
  • The Pacers are best in the NBA in assists (30.8 per game) in 2023-24.
  • In 2023-24, Indiana is 11th in the league in turnovers committed (12.3 per game) and 10th in turnovers forced (13.2).
  • In 2023-24, the Pacers are 10th in the NBA in 3-point makes (13.2 per game) and ninth in 3-point percentage (37.4%).
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