Pacers vs Celtics Game 2 Picks, Odds | Eastern Conference Finals

The conference round of the NBA Playoffs continues with one pivotal standalone matchup on Thursday night, as Pacers vs. Celtics Game 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The Celtics are 9-point favorites on the spread in Thursday's contest, while the total is set at over/under 224.5 total points at DraftKings.

Here's everything you need to know about Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Pacers -- the latest betting odds, as well as our expert picks and prediction for the NBA Playoffs on Thursday, May 23

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Pacers vs Celtics Picks & Prediction

The Celtics dodged a bullet in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals by outlasting the Pacers in overtime, 133-128.

Indiana managed the cover as 9.5-point underdogs, but probably should be up 1-0 in the series. The Pacers turned the ball over in the final 10 seconds up by three points, then Jaylen Brown sank a corner three-pointer to tie the game and force five extra minutes of action.

The Celtics outscored the Pacers in overtime, 16-11 to win their third straight playoff series opener. This marked the first time that Boston to win a Game 1 by double-digits, although Boston led by 13 late in the third quarter.

Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 62 points, while Jrue Holiday put up 28 points in the victory for Boston. Tyrese Haliburton led a balanced Indiana attack with 25 points as the Pacers lost to the Celtics for the fourth time in six tries this season.

Boston has failed to cover three consecutive games, although two of those ATS defeats came as a double-digit favorite. The two playoff losses for the Celtics each occurred in Game 2's following a Game 1 victory against Miami and Cleveland.

However, those two series opening wins came in convincing fashion by 20 against Miami and 25 against Cleveland before stubbing their toe in Game 2.

There shouldn't be any kind of letdown for Boston in Game 2 following the close shave in Game 1 as the Pacers played well enough to win but just couldn't finish the job.

Indiana owns a 1-3 ATS record in the playoffs off a cover as an underdog, while also posting a 1-3 ATS mark during the season off a cover as a 'dog of eight points or more.

Let's lay the points with the Celtics to pick up a Game 2 rout of the Pacers.

Pick: Celtics -9 (-110)

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Pacers vs Celtics Game Time & TV Channel

Date: Thursday, May 23
Matchup: Central vs. Atlantic
Venue: TD Garden
Location: Boston, MA
Time-TV: ESPN, 8:00 p.m. ET

Pacers vs Celtics Betting Stats

1) Boston Celtics
(1st Place, Atlantic)

  • Odds to Win Finals: -165
  • Odds to Win Conference: -1800
  • SU: 64-18
  • ATS: 43-38-1
  • O/U: 37-44-1
  • PPG: 120.6
  • OPPG: 109.2

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6) Indiana Pacers
(3rd Place, Central)

  • Odds to Win Finals: +3600
  • Odds to Win Conference: +980
  • SU: 47-36
  • ATS: 45-37-1
  • O/U: 42-40
  • PPG: 123.3
  • OPPG: 120.2

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