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Pacers vs. Celtics Game 1 Betting Preview: Bet on Boston’s Home Playoffs History


Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11).

Game 1 Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics

  • Spread: Celtics -7
  • Over/Under: 209.5
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

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Brad Stevens and the Celtics will start their trek toward a title with a first-round series against the pesky Indiana Pacers. Can Boston cover the big number at home? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

No. 4 seeds have struggled to cover the spread in the playoffs since 2005, going 73-88-4 (45.3%) against-the-spread (ATS) in the opening round. It has been even worse since 2010, as 4-seeds are just 34-57-4 (37.4%) ATS. — John Ewing

The Celtics-Pacers’ over/under opened at 210.5 and has been bet down to 209.5. Since 2005, in playoff games with high totals (200 or more points), it has been profitable to bet the under when the line decreases one or more points: 76-58-1 (57%). — Ewing

The over is 19-7 (73.1%) in Celtics home games this season when they are facing a conference opponent; they’re the most-profitable team to the over in this spot in the league. The over/under in the Pacers/Celtics game is 209.5, which would be the second-lowest total in a Celtics home game against an Eastern Conference opponent this season. — Evan Abrams

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