Celtics at Pacers Prediction - NBA Picks 2/23/23

Indiana Pacers (26-34) vs Boston Celtics (42-17)

Game Info: Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers +8.5 -- Over/Under: 234.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers collide at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thursday night.

The Boston Celtics have been in great shape as they’ve won seven of their last nine games overall and they will be hoping to stay hot after blowing past the lowly Pistons in a 127-109 home win last Wednesday. In the absence of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum carried the team with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists on 15 of 24 shooting, Malcolm Brogdon added 25 points and six assists off the bench while Al Horford chipped in with 11 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 53 percent from the field and a sizzling 21 of 45 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 66 points in the first half, before finishing with a flurry in the fourth quarter to make it look easy despite being shorthanded.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in rough shape as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games overall, but they will be hoping to build some momentum after snapping a five-game slide wit a 117-113 win over the Bulls last Wednesday. Buddy Hield led the team with 27 points on eight of 12 shooting, Aaron Nesmith added 21 points while Myles Turner chipped in with 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. As a team, the Pacers shot 47 percent from the field and 18 of 43 from the 3-point line as they got off to a terrible start and got outscored by 39-15 in the first quarter, before they flipped the switch and dominated the rest of the game to escape with their best comeback of the season.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. The Pacers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall.

Head to head, the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Indiana and the Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

The Celtics are keeping eyes on Robert Williams and Mike Muscala who are both listed as day to day, while the Pacers are sweating on the availability of Kendall Brown, Daniel Theis and Isaiah Jackson who are all day to day. The Celtics come into this meeting as one of the hottest teams in the league while the Pacers have been one of the worst teams in the league with just two wins in their past 11 games. The Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall and I think that trend continues here as the Celtics win comfortably.

Peter’s Pick Boston -8.5

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