Celtics vs. Pacers prediction: IN has shot to steal Game 1

Celtics vs. Pacers prediction: IN has shot to steal Game 1

April 14, 2019: The Pacers' offense couldn't find its footing in the second half en route to an 84-74 Game 1 loss to the Celtics in Boston.

The series resumes Wednesday.

"We just didn't make enough shots", said forward Thaddeus Young, in the post-game news conference. "We were getting wide open looks and they were rattling in-and-out or they were just missed shots".

I keep looking back at the March 25 meeting between these two teams (Note: This was after the Pacers lost Victor Oladipo for the season, so similar lineups to what we'll see in this series), when the Celtics won 114-112 but didn't cover as seven-point home favorites. If you look at the shots we missed, they were good shots. Meanwhile, the win was the Celtics' first all season in 10 games when they scored fewer than 100 points.

He led the scoring charge during the Celtics' ridiculous third quarter run where they held the Pacers to just two field goals in the frame. 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. "But that third quarter really killed us". The Pacers outscored the hosts 25-18 in the second to take a 45-38 lead into the half. Al Horford was a reliably strong piece up and down the court for the Celtics, scoring 10 points to go with 5 assists, and leading all players with 11 rebounds and a +20 rating.

Now, the model has dialed in on Celtics vs. Pacers. "It's the next-play mentality".

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"I just try to be aggressive on the ball, be in the right spots", Irving said. "We have to make our adjustments, come out of this game, and be ready to take him out next game".

The Pacers had no answers at the offensive end of the floor in Game 1 of this series. The Celtics pulled ahead and stayed ahead, something I don't remember them doing all year, save a 56 point win in Chicago.

While his team was able to recover from a dismal start, Stevens said the Pacers' defense deserved credit for making things hard on them throughout the game.

"To steal one (of the first two games) is always the away team's dream, but as the home team there's a lot of pressure to go out there and perform infront of your home fans and I think it's always a level up that you expect yourself to go to".

But given how things started in Toronto and Philadelphia this weekend, the Celtics will take a win and a lead over the alternative.

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