Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Pick and Predictions Game 2

Last updated May 22, 2024

6:00 PM ET May 24
Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Game 2
Pacers +9.5

The Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics will clash in Game 2 of the NBA Conference Finals on May 24 at TD Garden in Boston. With the Celtics leading the series 1-0, the Pacers are eager to bounce back, even the score. Both teams bring their top players and high energy to the court, promising an intense and thrilling matchup. 

EventNBA Conference Finals
GameIndiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics
DateMay 24
Game NumberGame 2
LocationTD Garden, Boston, MA
Start Time8:00 PM ET
Indiana Pacers RecordRegular Season: 45-37
Boston Celtics RecordRegular Season: 54-28
Key Players (Pacers)Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner & Buddy Hield
Key Players (Celtics)Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown & Marcus Smart
Previous Game ResultCeltics won Game 1


Pacers vs Celtics Betting Odds

Bet type
Indiana Pacers Moneyline, Spread and Game Total
Point Spread+9.5
Total PointsOver/Under 221

While the Celtics are favored, the spread bet allows for a margin of error, making it attractive for those who believe the game will be closer than the bookmakers predict. When deciding, consider current team form, injuries, and historical data. Betting on the point spread for the Pacers (+9.5) in their game against the Celtics can be appealing for several reasons:

The Pick: Pacers +9.5
6:00 PM ET May 24
Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Game 2
Pacers +9.5
✅ The Pacers can compete closely with top teams, often losing by less than 9.5 points, making it likely they cover the spread.
✅ As underdogs, they face less pressure and can play more freely, potentially leading to surprising performances.
✅ Key players like Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner, and Buddy Hield can keep the game competitive, helping the Pacers stay within the point spread if they perform well.
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Prop Bets

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Prop Bet TypePlayerOver/Under
Player PointsJayson Tatum28.5
 Jaylen Brown24.5
Player ReboundsMyles Turner10.5
 Al Horford7.5
Player AssistsTyrese Haliburton8.5
 Marcus Smart6.5
3-Pointers MadeBuddy Hield3.5
 Jayson Tatum2.5

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Pacers season so far

The Indiana Pacers had a successful 2023-2024 NBA season, finishing with a 47-35 record, securing the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. Under head coach Rick Carlisle, key players such as Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner, and Bennedict Mathurin led the team. The Pacers showed strong performances both at home and on the road, with significant contributions from new additions and rookies like Jarace Walker. Their solid regular season play earned them a spot in the playoffs, continuing their pursuit of an NBA title.

Celtics season so far

The Boston Celtics had an outstanding 2023-2024 NBA season, ending with a league-best 64-18 record. As the top seed in the Eastern Conference, they were led by stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, along with key players like Marcus Smart and Al Horford. The Celtics excelled both offensively and defensively, making significant strides under head coach Joe Mazzulla. Their dominant regular season performance positioned them as strong contenders for the NBA Championship, entering the playoffs with high expectations and solid momentum.

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Jake Williams
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