Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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BOSTON CELTICS INDIANA PACERS
16-12 December 22, 7:00 PM | Bankers Life Fieldhouse 15-15

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN New England (Boston), FSN Indiana

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Boston Celtics -1.5 -115 -125 210.5 -110
Indiana Pacers +1.5 -105 +105 210.5 -110
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The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (16-12): Thomas sat out four games with a groin strain and Boston dropped three of those four contests, only to go on a winning streak as soon as he returned. Thomas is averaging 31 points on 54.9 percent shooting in the three games since his return and scored 20 or more in each of his last 12 contests. “When you give a guy with that kind of talent easy looks and opportunities and they get hot, they’ll have nights like this,” Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley told reporters of Thomas after Tuesday’s contest.

ABOUT THE PACERS (15-15): One player developing some consistency for Indiana is point guard Jeff Teague, who collected 17 points and 11 assists on Tuesday for his third double-double in the last four contests. The former Atlanta Hawks star is from Indianapolis and had a difficult time adjusting to a new offense in his old hometown in the first month of the season and did not record his first double-double until Dec. 7. Teague’s improved play is taking some of the burden off George, who scored 20 or more points in eight of the last 10 games but was 6-of-16 from the field en route to 16 points on Tuesday.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Celtics listed as 1.5-point favorites versus the Pacers, while the game’s total is sitting at 210.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

The Boston Celtics followed up a three-game slide with a three-game winning streak and will try to make it four in a row when they close out a three-game road trip by visiting the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Celtics erased a 17-point second-half deficit and earned a 112-109 victory in overtime at Memphis on Tuesday to clinch a winning trip.

Boston All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 24 of his career-high 44 points in the final 17 minutes on Tuesday and went 10-of-16 from the floor and 17-of-17 from the free-throw line in the win. “I wasn’t trying to get 40, but I just knew I needed to be a little more aggressive on that end,” Thomas told reporters. “My teammates found me and set screens and got me open, and I just made shots.” The Pacers are capable of making shots as well but struggle with their consistency on the other end of the floor and missed out on a three-game winning streak when they allowed the New York Knicks to shoot 50 percent from the field in a 118-111 loss on Tuesday. “it’s frustrating,” Indiana star forward Paul George told reporters. “I don’t even know what to say about it. We just can’t get the job done. We’re an inconsistent team. That’s all it is.”

The Pacers were a 118-111 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Knicks. They failed to cover the +4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (229) made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 112-109 winner as they battled the Grizzlies on the road. The Celtics covered in the match as a -2.5-point favorite, while 221 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Boston:
Team record: 16-12 SU,16-12 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Boston’s last 22 games
Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Indiana:
Team record: 15-15 SU,12-18 ATS
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana’s last 6 games
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Boston home to Oklahoma City Friday, December 23
Indiana at Chicago Monday, December 26

HOOPS NEWS
1. Pacers G Rodney Stuckey (hamstring) missed the last four games and is day-to-day.

2. Celtics SG Avery Bradley is shooting 52.7 percent from the field in the last four contests.

3. Thomas scored 23 points in Boston’s 105-99 win at Indiana on Nov. 12.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Indiana Pacers will cover the spread at +1.5 and the game will stay under 210.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Pacers 103, Celtics 101 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
BOS TEAM IND
104.3 PTS FOR 104.5
102.5 PTS AGNST 106.2
1.8 DIFF. -1.7
32.6 DEF REBOUNDS 33.7
9.4 OFF REBOUNDS 8.8
44.6 FG% 45.3
79.0 FT% 80.6
11.0 3 POINTERS 8.1
7.5 STEALS 8.7
INJURIES
BOSTON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
INDIANA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
BOSTON
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Boston’s last 22 games
Boston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Boston’s last 20 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston’s last 10 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana
INDIANA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana’s last 6 games
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Indiana’s last 11 games at home
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana’s last 5 games when playing Boston
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Indiana’s last 10 games when playing at home against Boston
Indiana is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Indiana’s Overall Defense 104.3 15 106.2 23
Boston’s Away Scoring vs Indiana’s Home Defense 105.2 9 100.9 8
Boston’s Road Rebounds vs Indiana’s Home Rebounds Allowed 40.9 27 46.9 27
Indiana’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense 104.5 14 102.5 10
Indiana’s Home Scoring vs Boston’s Road Defense 105.1 18 102.7 9
Indiana’s Home Rebounds vs Boston’s Road Rebounds Allowed 43.0 24 45.1 15
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
BOSTON
No trends to report
INDIANA
Indiana has the third best free throw percentage in the league at 80.6.
Indiana allows the third highest free throw percentage at 78.6% per game.
Indiana has the third worst rebounds allowed in the league at 46.9.
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
Boston 44.6 44.1 0.5
Indiana 45.3 44.7 0.7
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
Boston 9.4 32.6 41.9
Indiana 8.8 33.7 42.5
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
Boston 24.6 11.7 2.1
Indiana 21.9 13.6 1.6

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