Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/17/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Cassandra Castillo | 15 April, 2019, 10:44

The Celtics capitalized and led by as many as 22 in the fourth. The Celtics outscored IN 26-8 IN the third with a flurry of three-pointers on 9/21 overall shooting, while the Pacers were 2/19.

Bird, the "Hick from French Lick" was one of the most dominant players of his era, routinely leading the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals where he would win three times and win three consecutive NBA MVP awards.

"I thought he did a really good job, and we needed him to, " coach Brad Stevens said after his team secured an early 1-0 series lead over the Pacers. Game 1 will give us a good look at the individual matchups that will define the series but, on paper, nearly all of them go in the Celtics favor. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 22.2 percent from beyond the arc and 57.1 percent from the free throw line. Without Victor Oladipo, the Pacers just don't have much firepower, and it showed in the second half. During that span, Boston's starters shot 3 for 7 from the field and turned the ball over four times.

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Joseph finished with 14 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 12 for IN, which shot 33.3 percent for the game overall.

"We'll you figured they'll make adjustments", Pacers guard Darren Collison said. The good news, if you want to spin it that way, is that Boston got all the open looks they wanted. "I appreciated that. I think we all did". The over is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. Those happen to be Indiana Pacers colors as well, but it was all green on Sunday at the start of what Celtics fans hope is a long postseason run. He also scored 20 points, along with seven assists and five rebounds in his first career playoff game with Boston. Boston got the first basket of the second quarter - a nifty euro-step finish in transition by Gordon Hayward - but in rattled off nine consecutive points and carried that lead into the break thanks in part to Boston's 32.5 percent shooting from the floor, 23.5 percent shooting from three and 10 turnovers, which led to 11 points. The Boston Celtics are averaging 84 points on 36.4 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 33.3 percent shooting. When the dust settled, Boston outscored IN 26-8 IN the period and led 64-53.

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