Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction & Picks: Line, Spread, Over/Under – Eastern Conference Finals Game 3

The Indiana Pacers are 6.5-point underdogs heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, starting at 8:30 PM ET on ABC. The Celtics have a 2-0 series lead.

Celtics vs. Pacers Game Info & Odds

  • Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 PM ET
  • How to Watch on TV: ABC
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo (Regional restrictions may apply)
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse

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Celtics vs. Pacers Score Prediction

  • Prediction:
    Celtics 120 – Pacers 114

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Spread & Total Prediction for Celtics vs. Pacers

  • Pick ATS: Pacers (+ 6.5)
  • Computer Predicted Spread: Celtics (-5.6)
  • Pick OU:
    Over (222.5)
  • Computer Predicted Total: 234.3
  • The Pacers’ .537 ATS win percentage (44-38-0 ATS Record) is higher than the Celtics’ .524 mark (43-39-0 ATS Record) in 2023-24.
  • When the spread is set as 6.5 or more this season, Boston (32-27) covers a higher percentage of those games when it is the favorite (54.2%) than Indiana (5-6) does as the underdog (45.5%).
  • Boston and its opponents have combined to exceed the point total in 53.7% of its games this season (44 of 82), the same percentage as Indiana and its opponents (44 of 82).
  • The Celtics have a .795 winning percentage as a moneyline favorite (62-16) this season, better than the .526 winning percentage for the Pacers as a moneyline underdog (20-18).

Celtics Performance Insights

  • It’s been a dominant stretch for the Celtics, who are scoring 120.6 points per game (second-best in NBA) and allowing 109.2 points per contest (fifth-best).
  • Boston ranks second-best in the NBA by averaging 46.3 rebounds per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 14th in the league (43.3 allowed per contest).
  • The Celtics are dishing out 26.9 dimes per game, which ranks them 14th in the NBA in 2023-24.
  • Boston ranks best in the NBA with 11.3 turnovers per game. On the other hand, it ranks worst in the league with 11.3 forced turnovers per contest.
  • When it comes to three-point shooting, it’s been a dominant stretch for the Celtics, who are draining 16.5 threes per game (best in NBA) and shooting 38.8% from beyond the arc (second-best).

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Pacers Performance Insights

  • On offense, the Pacers are the best squad in the league (123.3 points per game). However on defense they are fourth-worst (120.2 points conceded per game).
  • Indiana is the third-worst team in the league in rebounds per game (41.5) and 15th in rebounds conceded (43.4).
  • The Pacers are best in the league in assists (30.8 per game) in 2023-24.
  • In 2023-24, Indiana is 11th in the NBA in turnovers committed (12.3 per game) and 10th in turnovers forced (13.2).
  • The Pacers make 13.2 3-pointers per game and shoot 37.4% from beyond the arc, ranking 10th and ninth, respectively, in the league.
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