(CTN News) – Tonight, the Indiana Pacers will be hosting the Boston Celtics in Indianapolis, marking their first meeting since the In-Season Tournament Semifinals.
In their previous matchup, the came out on top, but it’s worth noting that the Celtics had previously defeated Indiana by a massive 51 points back in November.
Currently, Boston holds the top spot in the NBA when it comes to net rating and has an impressive record of 27 wins. They are a formidable team on both offense and defense, presenting a significant challenge for the Pacers.
“Without a doubt, they are the best team in the NBA,” commented Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana’s star guard, on Friday. “Tomorrow is bound to be an exciting day.”
Details about Watching and Wagering
Game start time: 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Broadcast options: NBA League Pass, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports+, NBC Sports Boston
Point spread and total points: The Pacers are considered underdogs with a +5.5 point spread according to the SI Sportsbook.
Injury Report for Pacers vs Celtics
The Pacers and Celtics are both playing their second game in as many nights on Saturday, so neither team will provide an official injury report until closer to noon, possibly in the afternoon. On Friday, Indiana was without Andrew Nembhard, while Boston was missing Al Horford.
In previous matchups, Kristaps Porzingis has caused problems for the Pacers, and his contributions on both ends of the court have been crucial for Boston this season.
He was present when the Celtics defeated Indiana in November but was absent when the emerged victorious.
Porzingis excels at protecting the paint and shooting from deep, and Pacers center Myles Turner possesses similar skills. Turner had an impressive performance last night, scoring 27 points in just 22 minutes. If Turner can match Porzingis’ level of production, Indiana will have a chance to compete effectively.