Boston at Indiana
7:00 P.M. ET
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (21st)
Indiana: 101.0 points/100 possessions (19th)
Boston: 99.4 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Indiana: 95.5 points allowed/100 possessions (1st)
Probable Pacers Starters:
George Hill (PG), Lance Stephenson (SG), Paul George (SF), David West (PF), and Roy Hibbert (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: 8 Points, 9 Seconds
Thumbnail: After the Celtics moved past the 76ers, here come three playoff teams to face Boston. Two of those three games will be on the road, and no away games are easy for the Celtics in 2012-13. That especially includes Wednesday’s contest against the Pacers. It has been comforting to see the Celtics finding their stroke away from home recently. They have won three of their last four road games. In those three victories, the Celtics have registered an offensive efficiency of at least seven points better than their average this season.
That trend will be tough to continue on Wednesday in Indiana against the most defensively efficient team in the NBA. The Pacers’ current defensive efficiency is on pace to be their second-best one in franchise history. One of the reasons why this Indiana team is very strong on the defensive end is their rebounding percentage. The Pacers have a league-best 52.7 rebounding rate. In addition, they have won seven of their last eight games. With the Celtics struggling on offense and rebounding this season, they will have some trouble at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Before the tough game, the Celtics will be able to see their old friend, Gerald Green. After starting the season with a lot of playing time, he has fallen out of the rotation. However, Danny Granger being shut down for a week could lead to more minutes for Green. Speaking of small forwards, Paul Pierce has once again has been putting up fantastic numbers over his last few games. For just the third time since 2007-08, he has scored at least 18 points and grabbed at least seven rebounds in four consecutive contests. Given how many minutes he has played in his career, this is an impressive accomplishment for the 35-year-old.
Prediction: Pierce, who is just two minutes behind Hal Greer for the 27th-most minutes played in NBA history, passes Greer and keeps up his hot streak to lead the Celtics to the upset over the Pacers.
Celtics 93, Pacers 92
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