NBA Picks Pacers vs. Celtics Preview

Friday, November 22, 2013 4:01 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 4:01 PM UTC

Friday’s NBA betting has Frank Vogel’s club finishing its three-game journey against the Boston Celtics. 
<p>The Indiana Pacers returned to their winning ways with Wednesday’s 103-96 overtime victory over the New York Knicks, cashing as 6 ½-point road ‘chalk.’  </p> <p><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/grizzlies-oust-spurs-nba-betting-a-35191/" title="Memphis vs. San AN" target="_blank">Have you seen what the Grizzlies are up to?</a></p> <p><img src="/picks-pictures/celtsos.jpg" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" style="font-size:1em;" /><b>Pacers, George rally past Knicks</b></p> <p>Pacers forward Paul George hit a trio of clutch free throws with five seconds left in regulation, sending Wednesday’s battle into extra minutes. The 23-year-old finished with a season-high 35 points, while adding five of his side’s seven steals.</p> <p>Indiana’s David West and Lance Stephenson united for 19 rebounds, with Stephenson logging a team-high five assists. Pacers center Roy Hibbert came away with two blocks, while he and his mates sank 28-of-36 free throws.</p> <p>The contest’s combined 199 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 185 ½, moving the OVER to a 2-0 mark in the Pacers’ last pair of matchups. Both squads were held below 38 percent field shooting, with Indiana edged in rebounds, 52-49.</p> <p><b>Celtics, Sullinger slide in San Antonio</b></p> <p><a target="_blank" title="Offseason Betting Report" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-betting-boston-celtics-offseason-team-report-a-32480/">Boston logged its fifth straight loss</a> on the same night’s card, dropping a 104-93 contest to the San Antonio Spurs. The Celtics were outscored in the second half, 56-45, while holding on to cash as 14 ½-point road dogs.</p> <p>Celtics forward Jared Sullinger grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds, while hitting 8-of-17 field buckets en route to 19 points. Boston’s Kelly Olynyk and Jeff Green combined for three assists each, with Green adding one of his squad’s three blocks.</p> <p>Sullinger and Co. were outscored in fast break points by a 20-8 margin, with the duel’s 197 points stretching OVER the ‘total’ of 192 ½. The Celtics allowed 48.1 percent field shooting, including an 8-for-21 mark from three-point land.</p> <p><b>Back Boston as a home dog</b></p> <p>Indiana opened as a 7 ½-point road favorite at The Greek, while the ‘total’ was  first listed at 185. Early <a target="_blank" title="NBA Betting" href="/nba-basketball/">NBA betting</a> on the Pacers and OVER drove the digits north to eight and 186, respectively.</p> <p>I am backing the Celtics as home dogs, taking the points in what should shape up as a tighter contest than <a target="_blank" title="Live Betting Odds" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">NBA odds</a> makers think.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>Boston is 3-2 ATS in its last five spots as an underdog of eight points or more and should bring its “A-game” for another cover here. The trio of cashed tickets included a 111-110 road upset of the Miami Heat, despite being the second night of a back-to-back.</p> <p>Indiana has had a bit of home-road disparity when it has come to the team’s defense, including a season-high of points allowed in Saturday’s 110-94 defeat to the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers look to be vulnerable again here, with the Celtics cashing at 5-1 ATS in the rivals’ last six meetings at TD Garden.</p> <p>Friday has given SBR the opportunity for some great <a target="_blank" title="Friday NBA betting" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-friday-nba-betting-preview-a-35174/">NBA Picks of the Day</a>~</p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":248006, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p>January’s most recent affair in Boston between the foes saw the Celtics cruise in a 94-75 victory, with the Pacers held to 31.8 percent field shooting. Jared Sullinger came off the bench for a team-high 10 boards, while mate Courtney Lee sank 6-of-9 from the floor to notch 13 points.</p> <p>Look for the Celtics to pull together another big outing at home, cashing a ticket and giving the Pacers a tough fight.</p> <p><strong>Free Pick:</strong> <a target="_blank" title="The Greek Sportsbook" href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=806&amp;book=Inarticlethegreek">Boston Celtics +8 at The Greek</a></p>
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