Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 24 (Indiana's Road Struggles Continue)

Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/David J. Phillip

Celtics vs. Pacers Game Info

  • Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
  • Coverage: NBA TV, NBCS-BOS, and BSIN

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Friday with 10 more games, including a battle between the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics. The Pacers rank 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 33-40 record, while the Celtics check in second with a 50-23 record. This one lines up as a mismatch.

Indiana is coming off a 118-114 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, which was its seventh victory in its last 12 games. Meanwhile, Boston has now five of its last seven games following a 132-109 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. Which team will emerge victorious on Friday?

Celtics vs. Pacers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: BOS: (-770) | IND: (+540)
  • Spread: BOS: -12 (-110) | IND: +12 (-110)
  • Total: 234.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Celtics enter this contest as massive home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 234.5 points, which is above average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Celtics vs Pacers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Celtics -12 - - - - - -770 540

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Celtics vs. Pacers Betting Trends

  • The Celtics have gone 33-33-4 against the spread this season.
  • The Pacers have always covered the spread this year when underdogs by 12 points or more.
  • Celtics games have gone over the total 36 times out of 69 chances this season.
  • Pacers games this year have gone over the total in 33 of 69 opportunities (47.8%).
  • When playing at home, Boston sports a better record against the spread (16-16-1) compared to its ATS record on the road (17-17-3).
  • This season, Indiana is 20-13-1 at home against the spread (.588 winning percentage). On the road, it is 17-18-0 ATS (.486).

Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction & Pick

The Pacers are fighting for their playoff lives at this point, but they run into a Celtics team that is still within reach of the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston also returns home to TD Garden, where it averages a dependable 120.7 points per game (No. 3 in NBA), after a six-game road trip.

Indiana starting point guard Tyrese Haliburton is listed as doubtful (ankle injury) in this game, which is a big blow considering his ability to direct the offense and create open shots. The Pacers are 5-14 without Haliburton on the court this season and have lost 14 of their last 20 away games overall.

Boston is 7-1 straight up in its last eight home games against Indiana, so back the Celtics on Friday.

Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 125 | Pacers: 115

Celtics vs. Pacers Best Bet

This is one game that has shootout written all over it. The total has hit the over in six of Indiana's last nine games overall as well as in 12 of Boston's last 18 games overall. The over has also cashed in four of the last five meetings between the Pacers and Celtics, including once in February (142-138 score).

The Pacers may be without Haliburton tonight, but they saw six different players step up to score at least 10 points on Wednesday. On the other side, the Celtics are finally back to full health thanks to the return of big man Robert Williams on Tuesday. Buckets are going to be plentiful in this showdown.

Bet: Over 234.5 Total Points (-110)

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