The best basketball league in the world will provide us with a variety of very intriguing games on December 21. Among them is the Pacers vs Celtics game, which will feature two teams that are anxious for victory to get back on track.
This will be the first clash of the season between these two Eastern Conference teams, in a series that has recently been dominated by the Celtics, who have won seven of their last ten meetings.
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Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics NBA Regular Season Game on December 21, 2022
- Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
- When: Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 7:30 PM E.T.
Betting on the Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have had an up-and-down campaign and are currently in a tough spot, having lost two games in a row and winning only three of their last 11 games. In fact, the Pacers haven’t known what it’s like to record back-to-back victories since exactly one month ago, when they strung together five wins in a row.
The Pacers’ most recent setback came at home against the New York Knicks, a game in which they reached the final quarter with a minimal lead; however, they were unable to close out the game and ended up losing 109-106, with Aaron Nesmith and Buddy Hield being the team’s most outstanding players with 23 points scored each.
Being away this time is also not the best for the Pacers, who have a 6-9 record in that condition after losing six of their last eight away from home. While they have been decent on offense, averaging 114.6 points scored per game, the Pacers have struggled defensively, averaging 115.6 points allowed.
Betting on the Boston Celtics
Things have been completely different for the Celtics, who are the team that has won the most games so far this campaign (22).However, they are going through perhaps their worst stretch of the year after losing four of their last five games, including two consecutive losses to a weak Orlando Magic team.
Those two losses came in their two most recent home games, losing 117-109 last Friday and by a score of 95-92 on Sunday, where they were without Jayson Tatum and could not take the win despite having entered the final quarter with a lead in the scoreboard.
This game is expected to see the return to action of Tatum, a player who has had an impressive year and that has led a Celtics offense that is the best in the NBA with an average of 118.2 points scored per game.On defense, they have allowed an average of 112.2 points.
The Pacers have displayed some good things so far in the season, but none of those traits have appeared in recent weeks, evidenced by the fact that their defense has suffered greatly. The chances of that reversing in this game against a Celtics team with the best offensive in the NBA are pretty limited.
The Pacers’ evident difficulties on the road, which the Celtics will want to take advantage of to recover after losing just three of their 17 home games so far this season, further dim the team’s prospects.
With Tatum rested and being in front of his home crowd, the Pacers will likely have a long night in this game, and while the Celtics aren’t the best defensively, when they play at home they are usually more effective in that area. Therefore, we are confident that the Boston Celtics will take a comfortable win here.
Prediction: Boston Celtics Spread.
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