Celtics vs. Pacers Game 4 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated May 26, 2024

NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers

With another thrilling victory in extremis for the Boston Celtics in Game 3, they can sweep the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 on Monday night for a trip to the NBA Finals.

Boston
64-18
AT
May 27, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana
47-35
Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -300
Over / Under o +222.5

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Betting Action

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Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +240
Over / Under u +222.5

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Betting Action

30%

For the second time in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Indiana Pacers had the Boston Celtics right where they wanted them, that is, until they didn’t. After being outplayed for large stretches of Game 3 but hanging around closely enough, the Celtics pulled a rabbit out of their hat to win 114-111 for a 3-0 series advantage.

For Monday’s match, the NBA Playoff odds persist in putting stock in the Celtics. Boston is currently perched as -8.5 favourites.

Celtics vs. Pacers NBA Betting Odds

It should be said that from a betting perspective, the Indiana-Boston series is as close to a lost cause as can be. Even on our own casino page, that the Pacers would win the NBA Finals is priced at staggering -50000 (501.00 in decimals).

It’s somewhat difficult to compare the Celtics’ current situation with seasons’ past because the Jayson TatumJaylen Brown regime has never experienced such a relatively uneventful playoff run. They’re constantly involved in six or seven-game dog fights or end up losing. What they do know, however, is what it takes to storm back from a 3-0 deficit this late in the season to force a Game 7. They did it last year, so that could be a psychological advantage.

Given the uninteresting series odds, let’s look at some player props for Monday’s contest.

Pascal Siakam scoring 22.5 points is interesting, especially if Tyrese Haliburton is still out. He’s been very consistent throughout the series. Andrew Nembhard probably won’t replicate his Game 3 bravura, but 15.5 sounds reasonable. Jrue Holiday hitting 13.5 points is alluring as well, as that’s what he’s been averaging since the second round. Tatum seems to alternate between huge statistical games and low-key ones, so it might be best to stay away from 30.5 points or to take the under.

Boston Celtics

If the Boston Celtics do finish the job and make it to the NBA Finals, either on Monday or later this week, no one can say they weren’t tested in the East Final.

Game 3  developed similarly to the first game at home. Boston looked quite good for about five minutes before the Pacers found lane after lane in the key to storm back and lead for most of the night. They were outrebounded (43-36), were destroyed in the paint (68-40), had fewer assists than Indiana (32-24), and trailed by 18 points in the third quarter. But when all was said and done, the Celtics made the plays that counted the most. They contested shots late, produced turnovers (like Holiday’s massive play with only seconds left) and relied on their stars to be their stars.

People will praise Tatum for his 36 points, but it was his two behind-the-back, one-bounce passes to Al Horford for threes that amazed. For that matter, Horford helped with 23 points, and Brown finished with 24. To make the story even better, Holiday had spent the morning sick in bed!

Indiana Pacers

It isn’t over until it’s over, but people have read more than often enough that no NBA team has ever climbed back from a 3-0 disadvantage. The most frustrating part is that the Pacers played rather well in Game 3.

But as the Minnesota Timberwolves can attest to (through two games in the West Finals at the time of writing), it’s about closing, not what you do for the first three quarters. Twice now the Pacers have been given that bitter lesson. With no Haliburton, Aaron Nembhard went off, tallying 32 points off 12-for-21 shooting. T. J. McConnell was a monster off the bench with 23 points (10-for-17). Consider that Indiana started missing tons of shots in the final period and still finished with 50 per cent efficiency for the game. As the old saying goes: one game at a game. Indiana has no other choice than to start now.

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