The 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament continues with a quarterfinal matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday. For this game, SportsLine consensus lists the Celtics as 5.5-point favorites, while the over/under is 246 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page).
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The model knows the Celtics have the better defense in this matchup. Boston is allowing fewer than 1.08 points per possession this season. The Celtics are also holding opponents to just 44.0% shooting, including 49.7% on 2-point attempts. Boston ranks in the top five of the NBA in free throw prevention, assist prevention, and defensive rebounding.
The model also knows the Pacers have the NBA's best offense. Indiana is scoring almost 1.24 points per possession this season, leading the league by a comfortable margin. The Pacers also lead the NBA in field goal percentage (51.1%) and 2-point percentage (60.2%), with top-five marks in 3-pointers (15.0 per game) and 3-point accuracy (38.4%). Indiana is No. 1 in the league in assists, fast break points, and points in the paint.
Now, it has set its sights on Celtics vs. Pacers. We can tell you the model is leaning Under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in nearly 60% of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NBA picks.
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