Sportsbooks list IN as a three-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 205 IN the latest Celtics vs. Pacers odds.
Does Indiana have a chance to pull off the upset? The same can be said for Horford, who saw his points, rebounds, and assists all drop by at least one when playing on the road this year, while his shooting percentage fell from 56 percent to 50 percent. Tatum converted the three-point play to make it 97-91. The Celtics won the last meeting 99-91.
He tossed in seven rebounds and an assist, the only thing putting a mark on his night was a poor night at the free throw line, where he finished 3 of 7.
"I think that throughout this series so far we've done a good job answering their runs", Irving said.
Indiana's offense has improved in each game of this series but still wasn't able to break the Celtics defense for long enough to take control. "From having those two knee surgeries and watching the team previous year and finally getting chance to lace them up for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association playoffs - it's nothing like it".
After a great first quarter, the Pacers went on a 17-3 run to tie the game at 52 with about five minutes remaining in the first half.
The Celtics shot just 32 percent in the first half, before improving to 41 percent in the second half. "We want to get some rest, kick our feet up for the next round". "We gotta put together a 48-minute game and we haven't been able to that".
Anthony Travalgia - Too many no-shows as Bruins drop Game 5
The Bruins pressed hard after the goal, created a couple of chances and were stopped by Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen . I saw him, he had the puck - as soon as he passed it, it kind of like bumped my head. "I thought he played great".
Bojan Bogdanovic led the scoring with 23 points for IN, with Thaddeus Young (15 points), Darren Collison (13) and Tyreke Evans (13) the other Pacers players to make double figures.
Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points, and Khris Middleton had 24. IN is 14 in the league in rebounding by collecting 39 boards per game. Entering the fourth quarter, the Pacers held a 79-68 lead.
All-Star guard Victor Oladipo was expected to return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 3.
In Houston, James Harden finished with a triple double as Rockets romped to a blow-out 118-98 win over Utah Jazz to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference series. The crowd was itching to get into it, but whenever they'd start rumbling the Celtics answered with a big shot to shut them up.
Kyrie Irving and the Celtics brace for a "war" against Wesley Matthews and the Pacers in Game 3. Boston hopes that another day off between games will help get Al Horford healthy: he gutted out 37 minutes in Game 2 despite being ill but wasn't a major factor.
The Celtics have a chance to complete a first-round sweep against a feisty IN team on Sunday to kick off a strong start to the postseason. On their next possession, as the Pacers tried to get back into position after doubling Kyrie at the top of the key, Tatum found a wide open Gordon Hayward in the paint for an easy two to seal the victory.