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

NBA Playoff Previews Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers

Defensively, the Pacers held Boston to its lowest point total of the season, limiting the Celtics to just 36.4 percent shooting.

The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games, 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. The Celtics outscored IN 26-8 IN the third with a flurry of three-pointers on 9/21 overall shooting, while the Pacers were 2/19.

After Boston's Jaylen Brown pushed Bojan Bogdanovic in the back on a drive to the basket with 3:20 to play, the two exchanged some not-so-nice words that resulted in Brown being whistled for the personal foul and a technical foul by official Jim Capers. The 29 points that IN scored IN the second half were its worst of the season.

The All-Star guard's first half didn't go as planned, scoring just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting with only two assists, but Irving didn't let that diminish his entire game. The absence of Smart, who is out for several more weeks because of an oblique injury, loomed large; the Celtics, playing without one of the league's best perimeter defenders and one of its most fiery competitors, looked a step slow and oddly disengaged.

Both teams shot under 40 percent for the game.

The Celtics finished with 84 points, the lowest they've scored all season long.

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. But transition defense remained an issue for the Pacers as the Celtics outscored IN 24-14 on the fastbreak.

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Boston's offense finally came alive in the third quarter when they played with some gosh darned PACE! "But that third quarter really killed us".

"I thought we kind of lost our way", McMillan said.

One area they'll surely focus on is finding ways for Bojan Bogdanovic to get open looks.

The 12 points in the opening 12 minutes marked Morris's highest scoring output in any quarter this season.

Stevens said he could tell Morris was probably going to have a good game, based on the team's two most recent practices. Over the past 35 years, teams that shot that poorly and committed that many turnovers had gone a combined 3-19 in playoff games before Sunday.

"It's very important but I think it's also important not to put so much pressure on just that first game", Irving stated on his team's first playoff game.

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.

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