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Should you back Jaylen Brown and the Celtics in Game 2 after their little scare in Game 1? Krabs shares his best Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics betting pick. Read on to find out how he's betting on this game.
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Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Betting Pick: Should You Back Jaylen Brown, Celtics in Game 2?

The Boston Celtics narrowly escaped Game 1 with an insane three-pointer from Jaylen Brown late in the fourth quarter. The public is now hammering the Indiana Pacers in Game 2, but it almost feels too easy…

PACERS VS. CELTICS GAME 2 DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: May 23, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

INDIANA PACERS VS. BOSTON CELTICS GAME 2 PREDICTION

For an underdog, the Pacers are extremely public for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s not surprising considering they almost pulled off the upset on Tuesday in Boston. More than 62% of the bets are currently backing the Pacers (on VSIN) to cover on Thursday night; that’s a lot of bets for an underdog against a No. 1 seed. Maybe it’s because Boston has fallen victim to losses in the second game in both of their playoff series in 2024, their only losses in the playoffs.

In my humble, line-reading opinion, if the Pacers were going to pull off the upset tonight, they wouldn’t be getting nearly as many points as they did in Game 1. Maybe oddsmakers are just hesitant to significantly move the lines after just one game in the series, but I’m not willing to take that chance. Just like we saw the Mavericks overcome their Game 1 struggles last night, I’m expecting the Celtics to overcome their Game 2 struggles on Thursday.

The Celtics were almost caught off-guard by the pace of Indiana, no pun intended. Game 1 was the wake-up call they needed, and they won’t be caught sleeping for the rematch. This Boston team has been itching for a competitive series all playoffs, and after nearly losing the first contest, let’s back them to assert their dominance at home tonight.

Public underdogs typically don’t pay, especially in the playoffs. Fade the public on Thursday and back the Celtics to rebound after a scare in Game 1. I’ll meet you at the cash counter when the Celtics win by 10+ points tonight.

INDIANA PACERS VS. BOSTON CELTICS GAME 2 Pick

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Krabs is a contrarian bettor who isn’t afraid to fade the public or go against the grain. His betting style not only produces winners but has changed the way many think about the sports betting process. You’ll find Krabs betting on anything from the NFL (at a 60% clip in 2022) to the KBO (8-1-1 in 2022). You won’t find many handicappers with more college basketball knowledge or insight than Krabs. A native of the “DMV,” you can find his work @Krabs_Bets on Twitter, or on Behind the Lines, his daily sports betting show on twitch.

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