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Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 5/21/24 NBA Betting Picks

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 5/21/24The NBA East Finals are heating up with a thrilling match-up set for May 21, 2024, as the Indiana Pacers (47-35) face off against the Boston Celtics (64-18). This first game in the series is crucial, setting the tone for what promises to be a highly competitive series. Both teams have shown strong performances leading up to this, with the Celtics holding a significant advantage in their win-loss record. Fans and bettors alike are keenly eyeing this encounter, making it a hot topic for NBA Finals betting picks.

When:Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
Where:TD Garden
Stream:NBA League Pass
Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 5/21/24
+10 -110
O 221.5 -110
-9.5 -115
U 222 -110
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The current betting landscape shows the Celtics as clear favorites with a -425 moneyline, indicating strong confidence in their victory. The Pacers, on the other hand, are significant underdogs at +330. The 9.5-point spread further emphasizes the perceived gap between the two teams. For bettors, these odds suggest a belief in Boston’s superior ability to control the game, though the Pacers’ recent form could entice some to back them to at least cover the spread.

Pascal Siakam (PF) vs. Jayson Tatum (SF)

Pascal Siakam of Pacers has been one of the most critical players this season with 21.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 41 games. His offense boardings and the speed of recovery from mistakes make him extremely helpful, particularly in stressful situations. But his ability to play in critical situations will be quite important as he has been rather unreliable in important games before.

As for the Celtics, Jayson Tatum proved why he is one of the best small forwards in the NBA. Tatum played 74 games with an average of 26.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in the regular season. Adding to his defense, he is strong offensively too and can give anybody, including Siakam, issues.

Thus, when these two vital contributors come face to face on the basketball court, the game may also change drastically. Tatum’s defensive experience against Siakam just like whom he will face in the Pacers center Kyle Lowry will be challenged by Siakam’s ability to score whether Tatum and the Celtics will make this a hard match up for the Pacers will be a story. A direct comparison of their individual performance might literally determine the rhythm and result of the match.

Pacers Performance Analysis: High-Octane Offense

The Pacers have notable offensive strength this season; average 123.3 points leading the offensive attack. The 50.7% and 37.4% shooting efficiency from the field and three-point range respectively has been very important to them. This offensive firepower must come through loud and clear if they are to beat the Celtics whose defense is pretty much at its best.

Celtics Statistical Dominance: A Balanced Attack

Celtics lead in points scored averaging 120.6 points per game but they also lead in defensive points allowing for an average of 108 points per game. They slightly prevail in three-point shooting percentage at 38.6% vs. Pacers, they also have better control of the pace of the game by defensive rebounding 35.6 per game. A balanced scoring team with a sound defense makes them one of this season’s most successful teams.


Indiana Pacers Betting Trends

Pacers are 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Indiana Pacers are 3-2 in their last 5 games against the spread
Pacers are 22-19 in their road games against the spread
The totals have gone OVER in 5 of Pacers’ last 5 games
The totals have gone OVER in 25 of Pacers’ 41 last games at home

Boston Celtics Betting Trends

Celtics are 3-2 in their last 5 games.
Boston Celtics are 2-2 in their last 5 games against the spread
Celtics are 19-19 in their road games against the spread
The totals have gone OVER in 4 of Celtics’ last 5 games
The totals have gone OVER in 22 of Celtics’ 41 last games at home


Indiana Pacers

Bennedict Mathurin SF Is out for season, Shoulder

Boston Celtics

Kristaps Porzingis PF Is out indefinitely, Calf

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Betting Picks

Considering the depth, form, and head-to-head statistics, the Celtics appear to be the safer bet, especially playing at home with a strong record. However, the Pacers’ ability to score might make them a good bet to cover the spread, if not win outright. Given both teams’ recent tendencies, betting on the total points to go over might also be wise.

For those looking at premier betting websites, aside from straight bets, prop bets involving key player performances, such as Tatum’s total points or Siakam’s rebounds, could offer additional value. Sign up today to make your NBA betting prediction!

Score Prediction: Celtics 118, Pacers 110.