Update: Haliburton is in for the Pacers, and Obi Toppin will also play after dealing with an ankle issue. The line is now Celtics -4 and the total is 245.5. Stick with Celtics -4 as the ATS pick and the over on the total.
The quarterfinals of the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament will begin tonight as the Boston Celtics hit the road to battle the Indiana Pacers. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will air on TNT. The winner will advance to the semifinals in Las Vegas on Thursday to face either the Milwaukee Bucks or the New York Knicks.
Boston (15-4) has rattled off three straight victories heading into tonight’s contest and last took down the 76ers in a 125-119 win on Friday. Philly led by one with just over two minutes to go before the Celtics stormed out on an 8-0 run to establish some cushion and get the dub. Meanwhile, Indiana (10-8) just split a pair of games against the Heat last week, winning the second matchup 144-129 on Saturday. The Pacers shot 65.9% from the field in this track meet. With Tyrese Haliburton out, Bruce Brown stepped up with 30 points in the win.
On the injury front, Kristaps Porzingis (calf) will miss his fourth straight game for the Celtics. Meanwhile, Haliburton (knee/respiratory infection) is listed as questionable for tonight’s contest.
Boston enters the game as a 6-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, accompanied by a total of 243. The Celtics are a -225 moneyline favorite, making the Pacers a +185 underdog.
Celtics vs. Pacers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Celtics -6
Boston steamrolled Indiana in a 155-104 beatdown earlier in the season. While I don’t think we’ll see that dramatic of a beatdown, I think the Celtics will take advantage of Haliburton not being 100% and get the job done on the road here. With this being the quarterfinal round of a tournament, I expect an elite team like this one to up their game and make a statement win.
Over/Under: Over 243
Indiana is the most over-friendly team in the league and it has shown that it will put up points even if its not having a particularly efficient night on the floor. Teams have gotten loose during these In-Season Tournament games and I expect the over to cash tonight.