Boston vs Indiana NBA Hoops Handicapping
The Boston Celtics will aim to extend their two-game winning streak when they travel to Indiana to face the Pacers on Tuesday. [ad-4468020]
Indiana arrives back home coming off three straight road losses, but have beaten the Celtics three times already this season.
Date/Time: 7 PM ET, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Venue:Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Boston (22-41) has not been able to come up with a solution for the Pacers, but have somehow found a way to string a couple of wins together after beating Brooklyn and Detroit.
Jeff Green scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo added 11 to go along with a season-high 18 assists as Boston defeated the visiting Pistons on Sunday.
Kris Humphries contributed a season-best 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Kelly Olynyk chipped in with 18 off the bench to lead four Boston players in double figures.
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The Celtics scored 16 off 12 Detroit turnovers in the opening half as they held off a late rally.
Boston will hope their newly found success will continue against Indiana, who edged them out 102-97 the last time the two met at TD Garden.
Despite leading the Central Division by 11 games, the Pacers (46-17) have fallen flat of late, losing four consecutive games, including 105-94 defeat at Dallas last time out.
Indy’s defense could not contain Monta Ellis and Devin Harris who each scored a 20 points for the Mavericks, who totaled 41 bench points compared to four for the Pacers.
Paul George led the Pacers charge with 27 points and Lance Stephenson scored 18 of his 21 in the first half but also committed five of his six turnovers in that span. As a team, the Pacers committed 21 turnovers compared to 10 for Dallas.
The Pacers hadn’t lost four in a row since March 2012, and came in allowing the fewest points in the NBA at 92, but have given up more than that in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Celtics are hot, but have only won eight of 22 games away from home.
Meanwhile, the Pacers are 29-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and even though they have hit a bit of a rough patch, still posses the weapons necessary to beat Boston, even on their worst night.
Pacers 101, Celtics 94