Celtics vs Pacers Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Preview (5/21/24): Odds, Injuries, Lineups & Stats

Written By Editorial Team on May 21, 2024
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Celtics vs. Pacers Preview

The Indiana Pacers are scheduled to play the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at 8:00 p.m. ET today. The game, airing on ESPN, will be held at TD Garden in Boston. With the Celtics favored by a point spread of -10.0 and an over/under set at 221.0, betting odds indicate a competitive matchup in this Eastern Conference clash.

Pacers vs. Celtics Game 1 odds

Tonight’s game between the Pacers and the Celtics presents interesting NBA betting odds for fans and bettors. DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM have provided their lines, focusing on the point spread, over/under, and moneyline. These odds offer insights into the expected performance of both teams, making the game an intriguing option for those looking into NBA betting at Massachusetts sportsbooks.

  • DraftKings: Pacers +10, over/under 221
  • FanDuel: Pacers +10, over/under 221.5
  • Caesars: Pacers +10, over/under 221.5
  • BetMGM: Pacers +9.5, over/under 220.5

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Pacers vs Celtics.

Pacers vs. Celtics projected starting lineups

Pacers starting lineup for Game 1

  • PG: Tyrese Haliburton
  • SG: Andrew Nembhard
  • SF: Aaron Nesmith
  • PF: Pascal Siakam
  • C: Myles Turner

Celtics starting lineup for Game 1

  • PG: Jrue Holiday
  • SG: Derrick White
  • SF: Jaylen Brown
  • PF: Jayson Tatum
  • C: Luke Kornet

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Pacers vs. Celtics Game 1 injuries

Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin (SG) is out with a shoulder injury for tonight’s Game 1.

Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis (C) is out with a calf injury, while. Xavier Tillman Sr. (C) is questionable due to personal reasons for tonight’s Game 1.

Boston Celtics Game 1 news

Kristaps Porzingis remains sidelined for Game 1 of the postseason against the Pacers, impacting NBA betting odds. Al Horford and Luke Kornet will fill in, with Horford being the preferred option for fantasy and betting considerations.

Xavier Tillman Sr.’s availability for Game 1 is uncertain, further affecting the Celtics’ rotation and possibly the NBA odds for the upcoming game. His minimal postseason averages suggest a limited impact on the game’s outcome.

Team standings & stats for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals

The Celtics are closer to a return to the NBA Finals, but first is a scrappy Pacers team in the Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana just went on the road to win a Game 7 in New York against the Knicks, so Boston is in for a tough matchup.

Indiana Pacers team stats & standings

The Indiana Pacers, holding a record of 47-35, are positioned sixth in the Eastern Conference and third in the Central Division. Their performance showcases a strong offensive game with a points per game (PPG) average of 123.3 and a defensive stance allowing 120.2 PPG. Key season stats include:

  • Points per game: 121.9
  • Points allowed per game: 119.0
  • FG%: 50.7
  • 3PT%: 37.4
  • Assists per game: 30.8
  • Rebounds per game: 41.5

Boston Celtics team stats & standings

The Boston Celtics lead the Eastern Conference with a remarkable 64-18, dominating the Atlantic Division. They have a balanced approach with a PPG of 120.6 and a strong defense limiting opponents to 109.2 PPG. Essential stats for the Celtics this season are:

  • Points per game: 119.2
  • Points allowed per game: 107.9
  • FG%: 48.7
  • 3PT%: 38.8
  • Assists per game: 26.9
  • Rebounds per game: 46.3

Player stats for Pacers vs. Celtics Game 1

As the Pacers and Celtics prepare for their upcoming faceoff, both teams boast players with significant contributions in their recent matchups. These performances could heavily influence betting odds and fan expectations in the NBA scene.

Pacers leaders ahead of tonight’s game

The Pacers showed strong stats in their last game against NY, with Tyrese Haliburton leading the charge. Their performance is crucial for bettors eyeing the NBA odds.

  • Tyrese Haliburton (PG): 26 PTS, 4 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Pascal Siakam (PF): 20 PTS, 4 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Andrew Nembhard (PG): 20 PTS, 5 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Aaron Nesmith (PF): 19 PTS, 4 RBS, 1 AST
  • Myles Turner (C): 17 PTS, 5 RBS, 1 AST

Throughout the season, these Pacers players have been consistent:

  • Pascal Siakam (PF): 21.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.3 APG
  • Tyrese Haliburton (PG): 20.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 10.9 APG
  • Myles Turner (C): 17.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.3 APG
  • Aaron Nesmith (PF): 12.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.5 APG
  • Andrew Nembhard (PG): 9.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 4.1 APG

Celtics leaders ahead of tonight’s game

The Celtics are coming off a solid performance against Cleveland, with Jayson Tatum and Al Horford showcasing their skills. Their stats are pivotal for NBA betting insights.

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 25 PTS, 10 RBS, 9 ASTS
  • Al Horford (C): 22 PTS, 15 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Derrick White (SG): 18 PTS, 5 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Jrue Holiday (PG): 13 PTS, 3 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 11 PTS, 4 RBS, 7 ASTS

Season averages for these Celtics players highlight their importance:

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 26.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 23.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.6 APG
  • Derrick White (SG): 15.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.2 APG
  • Al Horford (C): 8.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.6 APG
  • Jrue Holiday (PG): 12.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.8 APG
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