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Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Game 2 Prediction And Betting Odds


Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Game 2: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

The Indiana Pacers will be kicking themselves for the fashion in which they let Game 1 slip away. Indy had the ball and a 3-point lead with around 10 seconds to go, but failed to close it out as the Celtics came back from the dead. Thursday is a new opportunity, but it might take a while for such an inexperienced team to get over what was likely their best chance of getting a road win in this series. For Game 2 the Pacers have to clean up their turnovers, they committed 21 of them on Tuesday which led to bunch of easy Celtics baskets. Indiana was actually the more efficient team from the field in Game 1 and their bench showed up in a big way outscoring the Celtics 30-13. Boston has lost both Game 2s in the opening two Rounds of the postseason, so maybe that’s something that’ll give the Pacers optimism here.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum came up big when it mattered the most. Brown tied the game with a three from the corner late and then it was all Tatum in the overtime. All 5 Celtics starters logged 40+ mins on Tuesday, in what was arguably their most intense game of the postseason so far. For Thursday’s Game 2 the oddsmakers once again have Boston as a double-digit favorite, despite failing to cover the spread in the series opener. Now that both teams have settled into their offenses, I expect the Celtics defense to increase intensity here. Running with the Pacers isn’t the best of ideas, that team thrives in a up tempo scenario more often than not. Game 1 was a wake-up call of sorts for Boston, their approach has to change if they want to go up 2-0 here.

Boston Celtics Point Spread Prediction

Celtics -9.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Tuesday’s win was Boston’s 6th in the last 8 meetings vs Indy and their 17th in the last 20 games overall. They’ve beaten the Pacers 11 times in 12 home games, with a more serious approach in Game 2 I like their chances to cover the spread.

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Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Game 2 Total Points: Over 224

Over 224 Total Points is available at -110 odds

Defenses were nowhere to be seen in the series opener with a total of 261 points scored between the two teams. They smashed the projected total by almost 40 points, despite that the oddsmakers have remained calm and for Thursday’s Game 2 the number has stayed the same at 224 points. Only once in 6 meetings this year the two teams have gone under 224 points, so I’m feeling really good about the over once again here. Indiana’s shooting carried over from Game 7 vs the Knicks perfectly to Game 1 vs the Celtics and I don’t see why that shouldn’t be the case in tonight’s game as well. The over has cashed in 14 of Indiana’s last 19 games, plus in 6 of their last 9 vs Atlantic Division opponents. The over has yielded profit also in Boston’s 5 of last 7 games and in 13 of their last 19 vs Indiana. An average of 246.5 points per game has been scored in the last 10 meetings, until I see the under landing I will continue to back the points in this series. Back the over for Game 2.

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