In their first road game of the season the Boston Celtics (1-2) will face the Indiana Pacers (1-3). The Pacers earned their first victory of the season with a win over the previously undefeated Detroit Pistons. The Celtics look to snap their two game losing streak against a Pacers team who has not won a single game at home. The Pacers might be down starting center Ian Mahinmi, who suffered a back injury in Tuesday’s game in Detroit.
The Celtics opened their season with a win against Philadelphia, but have since dropped back-to-back games to the Spurs and Raptors.
The Pacers were able to snap a three-game skid and earn their first win of the season by taking down the Pistons by 94-82 last night. Rodney Stuckey got it going for the Pacers and led the way with 23 points off the bench, Paul George added 16 points while Monta Ellis had 15 as the Pacers capitalized on a 35-17 second quarter and never looked back. It wasn’t all pretty as they went ice cold in a 9-point fourth quarter, but the Pistons could never narrow the margin to less than six points down the stretch.
Meanwhile, the Celtics will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Spurs in a 95-87 defeat on Sunday. Avery Bradley had his best game of the young season, leading the team with 18 points on seven of 18 shooting while Marcus Smart added 17 points on seven of 12 shooting, but the Celtics needed more from their leading scorer in Isaiah Thomas who added 15 points and five assists off the bench but shot just four of 18 for the game. As a team, the Celtics shot just 35.7 percent from the field, their lowest so far this season.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 0-6 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games against the Eastern Conference, while the Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
April 1, 2015: The Pacers entered Boston on April 1 with the mentality that they were playing a must-win game. At the time, the Celtics and Pacers were neck-and-neck in the hunt for one of the final two spots in the 2014-15 Postseason. Unfortunately for Indiana, the Celtics came out on top with a 100-87 win at the TD Garden.
The Celtics hurt the Pacers in the paint, with Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller each hanging up 19 on Indiana. Former Pacers trade acquisition Evan Turned finished the night with a triple-double for Boston.
Although the loss may have felt like the end of days for the Pacers and their fans, Indiana rattled off a six-game winning streak following the loss to Boston, which propelled it right back into playoff discussions all the way up until the final game of the season.
George Hill had 21 points, six boards and six assists in the loss.