Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/17/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pacers finished just 28-for-72 (37.8 percent) from the field, despite going an admirable 10-for-25 (35.7 percent) from three-point range. "I just really want to be aggressive and really be the head of the snake".

Wednesday's clash with Boston gives the Pacers another shot at stealing homecourt advantage from the fourth-seeded Celtics before the series shifts back to IN for Games 3 and 4. We can expect a better shooting performance from the Celtics this time around, but I'm not sure we can say the same for the Pacers. Boston did have a 26-8 edge in fast-break points, and in still lost by only a bucket, so if the Pacers can slow the pace even a little, they have a great chance to cover or even pull the upset. Cory Joseph is averaging 14 points and two rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 12 points and two rebounds.

Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points, and the Boston rallied in the second half to the beat Indiana Pacers 84-74 on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. "If those shots fall Game 2, we're talking a different game".

When Bogdanovic was asked about the incident following Indiana's practice on Monday (Brad Stevens and the Celtics took the day off), he downplayed the incident as nothing more than what typically happens in the heat of a playoff battle. "We didn't shoot particularly well, but we did the little things to get this win".

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IN led by as many as 11 in the first half before Boston opened the third quarter with a 22-3 run to take a 60-48 lead. That third quarter was huge for them.

"I thought we kind of lost our way", McMillan said. "We were getting wide open looks and they were rattling in-and-out or they were just missed shots". But transition defense remained an issue for the Pacers as the Celtics outscored IN 24-14 on the fastbreak. "But that third quarter really killed us".

But after Boston committed four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game, Stevens quickly adjusted, inserting Morris and Hayward. While it's just one game, the Boston Celtics seem to be playing with that pep in their step again, and they're one of the scariest teams in the league when playing to their full potential.

In his first playoff game as a Celtic, Irving became just third player in franchise history to have 20-plus points, five-plus assists and five-plus rebounds in his postseason debut with the team. Barring some extremely unforeseen events, once the Celtics make it past IN, they will face the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA's best record, best point differential and, most importantly, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the league's best and most valuable player.

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