Celtics vs Pacers Prediction - NBA Picks 1/6/24

Indiana Pacers (20-15) vs Boston Celtics (27-7)

Game Info: Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday night. Here's a Celtics vs Pacers prediction.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have been in great form as they've won 12 of their last 14 games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after blowing past the Jazz in a 126-97 home win last night. Jayson Tatum led the team with 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 43 percent from the field and 17 of 49 from the 3-point line as they dominated right from the start and never looked in trouble after outscoring the Jazz by 71-40 in the first half.

Indiana Pacers

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers are coming into this one with plenty of momentum as they are looking to build on their six-game win streak after routing the Hawks in a 150-116 win on Friday. Myles Turner led the team with 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting, Bennedict Mathurin added 18 points off the bench while Bruce Brown chipped in with 17 points on eight of nine shooting. As a team, the Pacers shot a sizzling 63 percent from the field and 19 of 39 from the 3-point line as they made this one look easy from the start, exploding for 78 points in the first half and they kept their foot on the gas right till the end to finish with one of their best wins of the season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (127.6).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (31.2).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+10.6).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (47.6).

Celtics vs Pacers prediction

The Celtics could have Al Horford back in the lineup after he was rested last night, while the Pacers are still missing Andrew Nembhard and Aaron Nesmith. The Celtics have been one of the hottest teams in the league and they looked great in their dominant win over the Jazz last night, while the Pacers are aiming for a season-high seventh straight win, so we are in for a good contest here. It's hard to split these two squads at the moment, but the Celtics have been the more consistent team all season and they are just too tempting at the reasonable line in this spot.

Peter’s Pick Boston -5.5

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