NBA Playoffs 2019: Celtics vs. Pacers Game 1 live stream

Celtics vs Pacers Playoff Series Predictions

Boston did have a 26-8 edge in fast-break points, and in still lost by only a bucket, so if the Pacers can slow the pace even a little, they have a great chance to cover or even pull the upset.

Boston's offense finally came alive in the third quarter when they played with some gosh darned PACE!

But after an up-and-down regular season that often felt like an underwhelming, extended prelude to the playoffs, things didn't feel much different in the postseason.

One day before the Boston Marathon and Patriots' Day, in which the Red Sox host a game at 11 a.m., the Celtics outscored the Pacers 26-8 in the third quarter to take Game 1 and a lead on the Pacers in the best-of-seven.

The Celtics and Pacers will return to action Wednesday in Boston in Game 2.

Joseph finished with 14 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 12 for IN, which shot 33.3 percent for the game overall. During that span, Boston's starters shot 3 for 7 from the field and turned the ball over four times.

3 things to watch in Game 2 at Philadelphia
Having a reliable bench is great, especially when the 76ers' depth is widely considered to be their biggest weakness. After starting slowly, Embiid fueled a 21-2 blitz to start the third to turn a 65-64 halftime lead to an 86-66 edge.

Sour first half. Sweet second half. The Celtics capitalized and led by as many as 22 in the fourth.

"In the third quarter, we started off with two turnovers", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.

One area they'll surely focus on is finding ways for Bojan Bogdanovic to get open looks. While it's just one game, the Boston Celtics seem to be playing with that pep in their step again, and they're one of the scariest teams in the league when playing to their full potential.

As the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers learned the hard way Saturday, the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets both entered the playoffs playing at a higher level than Indiana.

"He's a very good 3-point shooter, we know that, " Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. "We have to make our adjustments, come out of this game, and be ready to take him out next game". "And it just doesn't have to be on the offensive end". Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown combined for just 14 points on 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) shooting in the first half, so someone had to pick up the scoring slack or it was going to get ugly. The Boston Celtics are allowing 22.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 55 rebounds per game. The Celtics pulled ahead and stayed ahead, something I don't remember them doing all year, save a 56 point win in Chicago.

I keep looking back at the March 25 meeting between these two teams (Note: This was after the Pacers lost Victor Oladipo for the season, so similar lineups to what we'll see in this series), when the Celtics won 114-112 but didn't cover as seven-point home favorites.

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