Celtics vs Pacers: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – December 27, 2020

The Boston Celtics (1-1) hit the court against the Indiana Pacers (2-0) as just favorites on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET on NBCS-BOS. The over/under is for the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from William Hill sportsbook as of December 26, 2020, 8:55 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Celtics vs Pacers Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 27

Celtics:
Romeo Langford: Out (Right wrist),
Tacko Fall: Out (Eye),
Kemba Walker: Out (Left knee)

Pacers:
Jeremy Lamb: Out (Knee),
Edmond Sumner: Day To Day (Illness),
Goga Bitadze: Out (Right ankle),
Brian Bowen II: Out (Groin)

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Celtics Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 66 23.4 7.0 3.0 1.4 0.8 2.9
Kemba Walker 56 20.4 3.9 4.8 0.9 0.5 3.2
Jaylen Brown 57 20.3 6.4 2.1 1.1 0.4 2.3
Jeff Teague 34 13.2 2.6 6.1 0.7 0.4 1.0
Marcus Smart 60 12.9 3.8 4.9 1.7 0.5 2.3

Pacers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
TJ Warren 67 19.8 4.2 1.5 1.2 0.5 1.4
Domantas Sabonis 62 18.5 12.4 5.0 0.7 0.5 0.3
Malcolm Brogdon 54 16.5 4.9 7.1 0.6 0.2 1.4
Victor Oladipo 19 14.5 3.9 2.9 0.9 0.2 1.7
Jeremy Lamb 46 12.5 4.3 2.1 1.2 0.5 1.2

Shooting Trends

  • Last season, the Celtics had a 46% shooting percentage from the field, which was 1.3% higher than the 44.7% of shots the Pacers’ opponents made.
  • In games Boston shot higher than 44.7% from the field, it went 34-10-3 against the spread and 39-8 overall.
  • Indiana went 25-18-2 against the spread and 30-15 overall when allowing opponents to shoot higher than 46% from the field.
  • The Pacers shot at a 47.5% clip from the field last season, 3.7 percentage points greater than the 43.8% shooting opponents of the Celtics averaged.
  • Last season, Indiana had a 34-22-2 record against the spread and a 39-19 record overall in games the team collectively shot higher than 43.8% from the field.
  • Boston went 48-25-2 against the spread and 53-22 overall in games it allowed opponents to shoot greater than 47.5% from the field.
  • The Celtics’ 35.9% three-point shooting percentage last season was just 1.6 percentage points higher than opponents of the Pacers shot from beyond the arc (34.3%).
  • Boston went 35-15-4 against the spread and 43-11 overall when it shot better than 34.3% from distance.
  • Indiana went 25-19-3 against the spread while putting up a 32-15 straight-up record when its opponents shot above 35.9% from three-point range.
  • The Pacers’ three-point shooting percentage last season (36.4%) was three percentage points higher than opponents of the Celtics averaged (33.4%).
  • Indiana went 30-18-1 ATS and 31-18 overall when the team hit more than 33.4% of its three-point attempts.
  • Boston went 40-14-1 ATS and 42-13 overall in games it shot above 36.4% from deep.
  • The Celtics connected on 12.5 three-pointers per game last season, 2.2 more made shots on average than the 10.3 per game the Pacers allowed.
  • Boston went 31-14-2 against the spread and 37-10 overall last season in games it out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Indiana hit fewer threes than its opponents, it went 16-25-2 ATS and 21-22 straight up.
  • The Pacers were the 29th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA a season ago, while the Celtics gave up the 10th-fewest makes from deep.

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Celtics vs Pacers Stat Rankings

Celtics Rank Celtics AVG Pacers AVG Pacers Rank
9th 112.8 Points Scored 109 23rd
2nd 106.8 Points Allowed 107.7 3rd
8th 45.9 Rebounds 42.5 27th
6th 10.3 Off. Rebounds 8.6 28th
12th 12.5 3pt Made 10.3 29th
25th 22.9 Assists 25.7 7th
8th 13.2 Turnovers 12.8 5th

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