Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers 3/24/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers 3/24/23
Fri 24th March 2023

The Indiana Pacers (33-40, 14-23 Away) will try to slow down one of the NBA’s top scoring teams when they head to face the Boston Celtics (50-23, 26-9 Home) on Friday.

Indiana defeated the Toronto Raptors 118-114 at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. Andrew Nembhard was the standout player with 25 points and 10 assists. The Pacers are 12th in the Eastern Conference.

Boston won in dominant fashion on Tuesday at Golden 1 Center, beating the Sacramento Kings 132-109. Jayson Tatum had 36 points and eight rebounds, carrying the team. The Celtics are the second seed in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams.

Indiana and Boston have split their two matchups this season. The Celtics got the win in the last meeting, beating the Pacers 142-138 in overtime at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on February 23. Myles Turner topped all players in scoring with 40 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Tatum had 31 points for the Celtics, while Malcolm Brogdon added 24 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Tyrese Haliburton and Turner, averaging 20.8 and 17.9 points per game, respectively, are leading the Pacers in scoring this season.

Turner also has grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game, while Haliburton has dished 10.4 assists per game, second-most in the league. Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been the primary providers for the Celts on offense, averaging 30.1 and 26.7 points per game, respectively. Tatum ranks sixth in the league.

Tatum also has posted 8.9 rebounds per game. Marcus Smart has tallied 6.4 assists per game. The Celtics rank as one of the most explosive offenses in the NBA, third-best with 117.8 points per game.

The Celtics have had success in recent meetings between the teams at TD Garden, winning seven of the last 10. In the last 10 games, Indiana is 5-5 with an average margin of -2.3 (120.6-122.9). Boston has also split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 118.5 points per game on average while allowing 113.4 (+5.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Andrew Nembhard: 25.6 | 15.6 | +10.0
Points per game:
Aaron Nesmith: 15.0 | 10.0 | +5.0
Assists per game:
T.J. McConnell: 9.0 | 5.2 | +3.8

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Boston Celtics -11.5 (-110)

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