The Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics look to put together a better offensive display when they clash in the second game of their best-of-seven series on Wednesday night.
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 PM ET
The Celtics beat the Pacers 84-74 in Game 1 and both teams will be searching for more offense after shooting under 40 percent on Sunday. The Pacers were 28-for-84 (33.3 percent) from the field, 6-for-27 (22.2 percent) from downtown and had 13 turnovers. The Celtics shot 36.4 percent (28-for-77), 35.7 percent (10-for-28) from 3-point range and turned the ball over 17 times.
Boston will not have one of their best perimeter defenders, Marcus Smart for the first two rounds of the playoffs because of an oblique injury and in theory, that should help this game go 'Over' but Jaylen Brown, his replacement in the starting lineup didn't do his part in Game 1, scoring just two points on 1 of 5 shooting in 28 minutes. The two days off between games should help him as he's been dealing with lower back spasms.
Terry Rozier also can't be trusted to pick up the slack for Smart, he's been inconsistent all season long and he had just five points on 1 of 6 shooting in 18 minutes off the bench in Game 1. Still, Brown and Rozier will play better tonight, they won't explode for over 20 points each but at least they won't combine for seven points on 2-for-11 from the field.
Doug McDermott isn't likely to score just two points on 1-for-7 from the field and 0-for-5 from 3-point range again, just like Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison probably won't combine for 7-for-22 from the field in this game.
The Over is:
5-1 in Indiana's last six games following a straight up loss
14-3 in Indiana's last 17 games after scoring less than 75 points in their previous game
5-1 in Boston's last six games following an ATS win
9-3 in Boston's last 12 games against Eastern Conference opponents
12-5 in Boston's last 17 overall
7-3 in Boston's last 10 Wednesday games
56-26-1 in Boston's last 83 home games against a team with a losing road record
The Pacers ranked third in the NBA in defensive efficiency (104.2 points allowed per 100 possessions) in the regular season and the Celtics were sixth with 104.9 points allowed per 100 possessions and neither of these two teams will run up and down the court but a small wager on this relatively low total going 'Over' is a reasonable move. Their shooting can't get any worse.
NBA Pick: Over 206.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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