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The Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics meet for Game 1 of the East Finals. Can the underdog Pacers shock the Celtics or will the Celtics be too much for the banged up Pacers? Matt McCuen shares his Pacers vs. Celtics prediction and pick against the spread.
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Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds for Game 1

The Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics will meet from TD Garden on Tuesday night.

Tonight will be Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Pacers vs. Celtics Game 1 Date, Time, and Where to Watch

  • Date: May 21, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN, ESPN2

Pacers vs. Celtics Game 1 Odds

  • Spread: Pacers +9.5 (+100), Celtics -9.5 (-110)
  • Total Odds: O 221.5 (-105), U 221.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline Odds: Pacers (+370), Celtics (-450)

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 Prediction

The Boston Celtics step into this series as a formidable -1800 favorite, setting the stage for an intense battle.

According to the sportsbooks, the Celtics have a better chance of sweeping the Pacers than the Pacers do of winning this series.

Boston made light work of the Cleveland Cavaliers in round two.

The Celtics won the series 4-1, with their lone loss coming on their home floor in Game 2.

Despite winning the series, Boston feels they are much better than how they performed in the opening round.

Indiana had to work a bit harder to get here.

The Pacers beat the undermanned Bucks in round one, forcing a matchup with the New York Knicks.

It was a back-and-forth series, but the Pacers stole a road game in the Garden in Game 7.

Indiana will attempt to pull off one of the biggest series upsets in recent memory.

The Pacers will need to steal a road game in order to win the series.

They will get their first crack tonight.

Former NBA Champion Pascal Siakam leads the charge for the Pacers, averaging 21.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Tyrese Haliburton was the star of Game 7, dropping 26 points in the win. Haliburton has averaged 18.8 points and 8.1 assists.

Big man Myles Turner has added 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the postseason.

The Pacers offense has averaged 114.2 points per game in the playoffs.

Jayson Tatum leads Boston with 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game.

His fellow star, Jaylen Brown, has enjoyed a strong postseason, averaging 23.1 points and 6.6 rebounds.

Derrick White has been a spark for the Celtics, adding 18.2 points per game in the playoffs.

Boston has scored 108.1 points per game in the postseason.

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 Pick

Boston has shown their ability to dominate games in the playoffs.

This is a tough spot for the Pacers, who are coming off a taxing seven-game series.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are well-rested and will come out with loads of energy tonight.

Indiana's inability to defend will be a major issue in this series against the best two-way team in basketball.

Boston will roll and cover in Game 1.

Pick: Boston Celtics -9.5 -110 Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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