The Pacers and the Celtics cannot play in the opening round series in the playoffs but the two will both be playing in the first round of the post season. Get NBA odds at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The Pacers (49-31) are in third in the Eastern Conference and will play either the Hawks or the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers are just 19-21 on the road and that has been a huge struggle for them this season. Indiana has been just 6-4 in their last 10 games and have lost their last two. Indiana has lost four of their five, but most have come against top quality teams in the league. They dropped games to the Thunder, Nets and Knicks but also lost to the Wizards by 19 points in Washington. Their lone win was against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics (41-39) have clinched the seven seed. They haven’t had the season that they expected but they are in another post season. The injury to Rajon Rondo severely hurt Boston this season, losing their court general and a player who leads the league in triple-doubles. Boston is just 5-5 in their last 10 and are 3-5 in their last 8. Boston has been pretty solid at home, boasting a 27-13 record.
Indiana is 42-38 against the spread and is 20-20 on the road. The Celtics are 36-41-3 ATS and 21-17-2 while playing at home.
The Celtics are a lot better at home than the Pacers are on the road, which convinces me that the Celtics will win this game. The only tough thing would be that both teams might not be at full strength considering they are both set in their positions for the playoffs so before taking Boston take a read at online sportsbook reviews.