Indiana Pacers@ Boston Celtics NBA Betting Betting Preview for Wednesday. January 9, 2019.

Written by NBA Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace.

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The (26-13) SU, (21-18) ATS Indiana Pacers were on a six-game winning streak until a 121-105 loss to Toronto as 1′ point road UNDERDOGS ATS. Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis scored 16 points apiece in defeat.

Every time the Pacers would come within two points Toronto would answer with a run of their own. The Pacers will play back to back games as they’re in Cleveland Tuesday, January 8th.

  • OVER bettors has cashed in the Pacers five overall.
  • The Pacers are 4-0 ATS the last four between the teams.
  • The UNDER is 5-0 Indiana last five after playing back to back contests.
  • Indiana is 2-5 AGAINST THE POINT SPREAD their last seven overall.

The (24-15) SU, (21-18) ATS Boston Celtics are on a three-game win streak after Monday’s 116-95 victory over Brooklyn as 10′ point home FAVORITES ATS. Boston will hit the road beginning in Miami on Thursday the 9th of January and ending in Brooklyn.

Counting Wednesday’s contest, they’ll play three games in four days which is a trend in which bettors like to follow; going against a team in the last game when they’ve played 3 of 4.

  • UNDER bettors have made a profit in 20 of the last 28 between the teams in Boston.
  • Boston is 4-1 AGAINST THE SPREAD their last five at home.
  • The OVER is 4-1 the Celtics last five vs. Teams with a winning SU road record.
  • Boston is 9-2 ATS their last eleven vs. Eastern Conference, opponents.

Wednesday’s game is 7:05 PM EST at TD Garden in Portland, Oregon. The Local Network will be broadcasting.

The Betting Line has Boston as 6′ point home FAVORITES ATS. The TOTAL is 213 points for Wednesday’s contest.

It’s clear how valuable Myles Turner is the Indiana Pacers after being held out in Toronto with a shoulder injury; his current status is day to day. However, Toronto had their with Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup. As a result, the Pacers dropped their 11th consecutive SU in the province of Ontario.

Head Coach Nate McMillan is also concerned about the status of point guards Darren Collison and Corey Joseph who have minor injuries. The Pacers are two games out of the top seen in the Eastern Conference which is why an impressive showing in Toronto would’ve been good for their confidence.

Remember the Pacers had Cleveland on the ropes in the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs but they’ll get a chance at another top tier team Wednesday in Beantown.

The Pacers 22nd ranked scores (107.7) points per game on (48.1%) shooting from the field, 2nd in the NBA and in back to back situations the Pacers score (107.5). 2018 All-Star Victor Oladipo is the team’s leading scorer with (20.1) points per game.

Indiana allows opponents (101.9) ppg which is number-one in the NBA. They’re shooting (36.9%) from beyond the three-point line, and they’ll need to make some against a Boston defense that’s held their last two opponents to under 100 points.

This one will come down to the Pacers having any energy in the tank after three games in four nights all on the road.

Bovada.Lv list the Indiana Pacers win total at 47′ games for 2018-19.

 

It’s January in the Northeast which means Boston area fans tr engaged in Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are in contention for another Super Bowl total.

Monday Night against the Brooklyn eight Boston players scored in double figures, the most since 2015. The Nets were playing the last of three games in four nights. The same scenario will exist Wednesday Night when the Pacers come to town with a 10-9-1 ATS road record.

However, the latest Celtics rumors involving New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis are swirling around the NBA. Forward Jayson Tatum (16.1) ppg seems to have the most value.

General manager Danny Ainge hasn’t mentioned anything to local media about the issue, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone. Tatum reportedly told Celtics radio announcer Cedric Maxwell “I’d trade me too for Anthony Davis.” The Celtics would become instant favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in 2019 and years to come.

Back to Wednesday’s game which could be a fantastic matchup for ATS bettors. The Celtics rank third league-wide shooting the three ball, making (13.4) per contest. The Celtics would like nothing better to begin a road trip undefeated, but it won’t be an easy task against a Pacers team that’ll accept the challenge after a subpar performance in Toronto.

This Sports Handicapper expect the rumors to distract Celtics players; how could it not but Brad Stevens will keep them in focus.

Bovada.Lv list the Boston Celtics win total at 58′ games for 2018-19.

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Riding the L-Train in Game 6 between the Cavs and Celts

Riding the L-Train in Game 6 between the Cavs and Celts

There are two kinds of people in the world: the results oriented and those who are all about the journey. The results-oriented crowd will tell you only the last minutes of a basketball game are worth watching. All that matters is who won. The backpackers will counter that landing a helicopter on a mountaintop doesn’t provide the same breathtaking view as when you climbed to the top through the wind and the cold under your own power. Then they’ll dare you to snatch a bottlecap from their hand and call you ‘Grasshopper’.

In Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference final between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, LeBron James kept both groups happy.

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The Vince Lombardi acolytes tuned in just in time to see LeBron set up on the left, then feint towards the hoop against Jayson Tatum before sidestepping and burying a long three with 2:22 on the clock.

Forty-two seconds later, the King provided his own instant replay. Tatum bit on the fake again. James stepped to his left and let fly before an enraged and embarrassed Tatum leapt at him. James slithered further to his left. Tatum stumbled past. The Quicken Loans Arena erupted when the ball went in. James, chest puffed out, did his best Kimbo Slice impersonation for the crowd, including an ‘accidental’ bump and a very intentional game-over stare for Tatum as he cavorted back on defense.

And that was that. Even though there was another minute-forty remaining, the score read 107-96 Cleveland. The results-oriented crowd’s viewing experience was complete. None of them felt any need to have their blood pressure checked.

On the other hand, those of us who watched the game in full did our part in helping to pay off a few med school loans.

Cleveland started out on the front foot, jumping out to an early first-quarter lead. Then James took over on the way to a 46-point night. Boston’s five-point lead after 12 minutes became an 11-point deficit at the half. When the Cavs opened the lead to 16 halfway through the third, that third group of people I forgot to mention assumed there was nothing more to see and moved along.

It was understandable. James couldn’t miss; Boston couldn’t hit. When the Celtics tried to sneak a fast break after one James layup, the King came storming back to swat away Terry Rozier’s response.

When Boston inbounded, Tristan Thompson blocked another. But the Celtics weren’t as done as they looked. A minute before the block, Tatum had made his first field goal of the game. JR Smith had shut him down for 2-plus quarters. Early in the third, he’d passed the ball to Cleveland’s George Hill, then was called for traveling. But, as is often the case when one basket finally goes in, more followed.

Tatum ended the quarter with nine points and an assist. At the other end, LeBron began to look human. He missed a shot and made a bad pass. JR Smith began pleading with referees as he was blown for two fouls. He was back to being the Cav’s drama queen. LeBron would later remind everyone it was the drama king who sat on the throne.

But to begin the fourth quarter, Cleveland continued to struggle and the Celtics began to carry the play. Smith drew another foul. Kyle Korver drew a couple. James continued to miss. It was obvious the Cavs were holding on in an elimination game. If you were rooting for them, a gnawing feeling grew in the pit of your stomach. If you were backing Boston, hope grew.

Especially when James tripped over a teammate three-and-a-half minutes into the final frame. He rocked on his back like an armadillo, clutching his right shin. The suspense in that moment–would he continue or, [OMG!] was Cleveland’s season over?–demanded full emotional commitment from everyone watching. Sorry, you last-two-minute guys, but you f***ed up. James pushed himself to his feet, hobbled gingerly for a possession, then attacked the basket. Another miss came, followed by a driving layup after letting the shot-clock drop to critical mass.

Larry Nance Jr had come on for Tristan Thompson with a minute to go in the third. He was the one who, off balance, had crashed into LeBron. The second-generation baller wasn’t about to be the guy who broke LeBron, however.  Whenever James drove the lane from that moment, Nance cleaned up so much garbage he could star in a Men at Work reboot. After Marcus Smart rejected no.23, Nance picked up an offensive rebound and put it back. He slammed the next one home.

Not one to be ungrateful, LeBron would set him up for another dunk with a little less than three minutes remaining.

Nance’s six points and two offensive boards kept the pushing the gap to nine rather than allowing it to drop below seven. Had Boston managed a three-point play to cut it to four at any time, you had the feeling Cleveland wouldn’t hang on. That was the knife’s edge on which we all balanced. James had the same feeling. The difference was he did something about it. With the pain subsiding, LeBron switched tactics. Following the pass to Nance, he set up against Tatum on the left and dropped the two bombs.

There is a Game 7 to come tomorrow night. In Boston. Neither team has won on the road in this series. Cleveland hasn’t even come close at the TD Garden. After watching LeBron James exert his will in Game 6, you get the feeling the script could undergo a last-minute rewrite. And it’s your choice. You can tune in around 10:45 or so to catch the last few minutes, and come away with mild satisfaction or disappointment. Or you can put your heart through a wringer for two-and-a-half hours so that your cardiologist can make his next BMW payment. I think you’ll find the latter was worth it.

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Martin Palazzotto is a freelance writer and author of strange bOUnce, a collection of sport fiction.