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Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Predictions and Preview for 4/1/2022

Indiana Pacers takes on Boston Celtics on 4/1/2022 at 7:40PM.

The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics face off in an important game for both teams. Indiana Pacers has a record of 25-52 this regular season. Boston Celtics is 47-30 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Indiana Pacers Team Defense Preview




Their defensive efficiency is 115.4, there is a lot of work to do here. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are a below average team when it comes to their ability to force bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Indiana Pacers Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 112.1, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .561 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .529, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .394 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .341 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .763 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 25.4% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Boston Celtics Team Defense Preview

They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 106.6 would certainly justify such praise. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the NBA. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Boston Celtics Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 113.3, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that likes to play grinders. They want to execute in half court and frustrate opponents in their offensive half court situations.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .573 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .535, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .421 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .351 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .816 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are an above average Free Throw shooting team.

They successfully retrieved 24.0% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Indiana Pacers Roster

The Players to Watch for Indiana Pacers

Chris Duarte 6-6 190 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Oshae Brissett 6-7 210 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Myles Turner 6-11 250 C

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

The Boston Celtics Roster

The Players to Watch for Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum 6-8 210 SF

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Marcus Smart 6-3 220 PG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jaylen Brown 6-6 223 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Indiana Pacers 102 Boston Celtics 105

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