The Pacers continue fighting to hang onto a playoff spot in the East, mainly due to their lack of success on the road. After four consecutive losses away from the Fieldhouse, the Pacers will try to find a winning formula once again, when they visit TD Garden to play the Celtics for their only game in Boston this season.
The Celtics handled the Pacers in their prior two meetings earlier in the season at BLF. Now both teams are healthy and in he heat of a late push for favorable playoff positioning. Boston enters the game just two games behind Cleveland for the top spot in the East.
Isaiah Thomas continues to make the C’s go, averaging over 29 points per game. Since Thomas isn’t as strong at the other end of the floor, the Pacers will need a big game from Jeff Teague to help neutralize Thomas’ impact on the game. Teauge did score 31 points in the last meeting, outscoring Thomas by three, but that alone wasn’t enough. This is where Paul George and/or Myles Turner need to rise up and add a big effort to put the Pacers in position to win the game late in the fourth quarter.
Pacers vs. Celtics - 7:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Odds: Bovada has the Celtics at -7.5 favorites.
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Jeff Teague (PG), Paul George (SG), C.J. Miles (SF), Thaddeus Young(PF), Myles Turner (C)
Celtics: Isaiah Thomas (PG), Avery Bradley (SG), Jae Crowder (SF), Amir Johnson (PF), Al Horford (C)