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Celtics, Haliburton Injury to Hamstring Pacers in Game 3

The Indiana Pacers are searching for answers like Drake versus Kendrick Lamar in an attempt to save their season versus the Boston Celtics. The Pacers are 6½-point home dogs versus the Celtics in Game 3. The over-under is set at 222½.

Indy appears to still be dealing with a hangover after their crushing collapse to blow Game 1. It also does not help that the Pacers could be without starting point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who left Game 2 with a hamstring injury. Boston went on to cruise to a 2-0 lead in the series.

Celtics, Haliburton Injury to Hamstring Pacers in Game 3
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics and teammates - Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

 

 

“We need Ty, but ‘next man’ mentality,” Pacers forward Pascal Siakam noted, per ESPN. “We’ve got to play together. This team got where we’re at by playing together. … It’s on us to continue.”

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Here’s what you need to know about Game 3 of the Celtics-Paces series.

 

Celtics vs Pacers Game 3 Information

  • Game: Celtics vs Pacers
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Celtics vs Pacers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

 

Celtics vs Pacers Odds and Spreads

 

The Boston Celtics are 6½-point favorites versus the Indiana Pacers in Game 3. This Saturday matchup tips off from downtown Indianapolis at 8:30 p.m. Fans can stream the playoff action on ABC.

 

 

  • The Pacers are 7-3 against the spread versus the Celtics in their last 10 matchups.
  • Boston has averaged more than 9 rebounds per game than Indiana in these contests.
  • The Pacers are 52-42-3 ATS this season.
  • The Celtics are 31-14 straight up in away games.
  • Indiana is 22-23 SU as an underdog.

 

Will Haliburton Play for Pacers vs Celtics in Game 3?

Tyrese Haliburton’s status for Game 3 remains uncertain, but the initial indications do not sound promising. Haliburton was unable to return to action in Game 2.

“He was sore at halftime,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said after Game 2, per ESPN. “He was getting work done for the entirety of halftime. He came out, gave it a shot and all the effort that he could.

“I haven’t talked about it directly to him, so I can’t read minds, but it wasn’t going well. The trainers determined he had to be brought to the back to be worked on, and then he was ruled out.”

 

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Pacers Need to Regain Momentum After Game 1 Collapse

It feels like the Pacers lost their chance in this series after failing to seal Game 1 in the closing seconds. A combination of multiple turnovers and a sick Jaylen Brown 3-pointer forced the game into overtime. The Celtics went on to win, prompting serious 28-3 Atlanta Falcons vibes from the Pacers.

 

 

Despite all this, I was prepared to pick the Pacers to bounce back in Game 3. Yet, Halliburton’s status should put a damper in Indiana’s chances. Brown (40 points in Game 2) and Jayson Tatum are too much for the Pacers to match without Haliburton.

 

 

Hamstring injuries do not tend to be something healed in a couple of days. Even if Haliburton suits up, it’s hard to imagine the star will be operating at anywhere close to 100%.

All this has me not only picking the Celtics to go up 3-0 but covering the spread at the sportsbook.

 

 

Questions of the Day

Who is leading the Celtics-Pacers series in the Eastern Conference Finals?


The Boston Celtics hit the road with a 2-0 lead on the Indiana Pacers heading into Game 3.

Will Tyrese Haliburton play for the Pacers in Game 3 versus the Celtics?


Tyrese Haliburton’s status for Game 3 is unknown, but initial indications are not promising.

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