Pacers vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks 1/30/24

Boston Celtics (35-11) vs Indiana Pacers (27-21)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics duke it out at the TD Garden on Tuesday night. Here’s a Pacers vs Celtics Prediction.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are starting to heat up again as they are now gunning for a fourth straight win after taking down the Grizzlies in a 116-110 home win on Sunday. Bennedict Mathurin led the team in scoring with 24 points on nine of 14 shooting off the bench, Pascal Siakam and Jalen Smith scored 19 points each while Aaron Nesmith and Andrew Nembhard each scored 16 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of 35 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest with a 41-point explosion in the third quarter to take a 12-point lead which was enough to hold off a late charge from the Grizzlies.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Aaron Nesmith ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for 3P% (45.9%) this season.
  • Pascal Siakam ranks 12th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FG% (52.9%) this season.

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Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in great form as they've won seven of their last nine games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after outlasting the Pelicans in a 118-112 home win last night. Jayson Tatum led the team with 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Jaylen Brown added 22 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists, Jrue Holiday tallied 20 points while Derrick White chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the field and 17 of 46 from the 3-point line as they allowed the Pelicans to get off to a flyer and had to work their way back from a 17-point deficit, before they exploded for 37 points in the fourth quarter to improve to 21-2 at home this season. The Celtics will meet the Lakers after this one.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Derrick White is one of only five qualified players in the league averaging at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks this season.
  • Jayson Tatum ranks 2nd amongst qualified Guards for rebounds per game (8.5) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+9.5).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (47.3).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (124.8).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (31.1).

Pacers vs Celtics Prediction

The Pacers could be severely shorthanded here with Myles Turner, Jalen Smith, Bennedict Mathurin and Tyrese Haliburton all listed as questionable, while the Celtics could again be without Luke Kornet and Kristaps Porzingis. This would be a good spot for the Pacers to steal a win on the road, but it's hard to back them with so many key players under an injury cloud. The Celtics are playing their second game of a back to back set, but they have been red-hot for a while now and they still seem like the safer pick, especially at home.

Peter’s Pick Boston -5.5

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