Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets for Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 – Saturday, May 25, 2024

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The Indiana Pacers are 7.5-point underdogs heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 PM ET on ABC. The Celtics are on top 2-0 in the series. The matchup has an over/under set at 222 points.

Celtics vs. Pacers Odds

  • Celtics odds to win: -290
  • Pacers odds to win: +235
  • Spread: Celtics (-7.5)
  • Total: 222
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    Game Time and Information

  • When: Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 8:30 PM ET
  • Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • TV: ABC
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    Celtics and Pacers Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

    The Celtics have a 27-21-3 record against the spread in games they were favored by 7.5 points or more this season.

    When they have played as at least 7.5-point underdogs this season, the Pacers are 4-2 against the spread.

    The two teams average a combined 21.9 more points per game (243.9) than this game’s over/under of 222 points.

    Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 229.4 points per game, 7.4 more than the point total for this game.

    The average point total for Celtics games this season is 7.8 more points than the over/under of 222 in this matchup.

    The average point total for Indiana this season is 21.5 points higher than this game’s over/under.

    Boston has gone 42-36-4 ATS this season.

    The Pacers have a 44-35-3 record against the spread this season.

    Celtics Stats & Insights

    The Celtics outscore opponents by 11.4 points per game (scoring 120.6 points per game to rank second in the league while allowing 109.2 per outing to rank fifth in the NBA) and have a +930 scoring differential overall.

    The 46.3 rebounds per game the Celtics average rank second in the league, and are 3.0 more than the 43.3 their opponents collect per contest.

    Boston hits 16.5 three-pointers per game (first in the league) at a 38.8% rate (second-best in the NBA), compared to the 12.9 per game its opponents make at a 35.2% rate.

    The Celtics’ 124.1 points per 100 possessions on offense rank first in the NBA, and the 112.4 points they allow per 100 possessions rank third in the league.

    The Celtics have scored at a much higher rate at home than away from home in the 2023-24 season (123.1 at home versus 118.0 on the road), though they have given up fewer points in home games than in road games (107.9 opponent points per home game versus 110.5 on the road).

    Pacers Stats & Insights

    The Pacers are outscoring opponents by 3.1 points per game, with a +250 scoring differential overall. They put up 123.3 points per game (first in NBA) and allow 120.2 per outing (27th in league).

    Indiana loses the rebound battle by an average of 1.9 boards. It grabs 41.5 rebounds per game (28th in league) compared to its opponents’ 43.4.

    The Pacers connect on 13.2 three-pointers per game (10th in the league), 2.5 more than their opponents.

    The Pacers’ 121.9 points per 100 possessions on offense rank second in the NBA, and the 118.9 points they concede per 100 possessions rank 24th in the league.

    At home, Indiana averages 125.5 points per game. Away, it scores 121.0.

    Celtics Key Players to Watch

    Jayson Tatum puts up 26.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, with 4.9 assists.

    Derrick White averages 15.2 points per game while adding 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Celtics.

    Tatum makes more threes per game than any other (active) member of the Celtics, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 3.1 per contest.

    Jaylen Brown averages 1.2 steals per game, while White has 1.2 blocks per contest.

    Pacers Key Players to Watch

    Pascal Siakam has been among the team’s best in both scoring (21.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.1 rebounds per game) while adding 4.3 assists per contest.

    Tyrese Haliburton’s per-game averages this season are 20.1 points, 10.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds.

    Haliburton makes 2.8 treys per game.

    The Pacers’ defensive efforts get a lift from Haliburton’s 1.2 steals and Myles Turner’s 1.9 blocks per game.

    Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction

  • Pick ATS: Pacers (+ 7.5)
  • Pick OU:

    Over (222)

  • Prediction:
    Celtics 120 – Pacers 114
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