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NBA Parlay Picks: Celtics to Dominate in Game 1 vs Pacers

Our NBA predictions have been on fire, delivering consistent wins as we closed the regular season and have navigated throughout the playoffs. I’m back and ready to regain this momentum with the continuation of the high-stakes Eastern and Western Conference Final playoff games beginning on Tuesday evening. The second round produced multiple upsets and Game 7s, which will be challenging to top from an entertainment standpoint, but the four remaining teams will surely deliver.

The Eastern Conference Finals starts tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN with a clash between Jayson Tatum‘s Boston Celtics and Tyrese Haliburton‘s Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden. These two teams faced each other five times during the regular season, with Boston winning three.

NBA Parlay Picks: Celtics to Dominate in Game 1 vs Pacers
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics - Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

I’ve meticulously reviewed all the odds and have assembled a three-leg parlay. While you could certainly do a ton of your own research, the beauty is that I’ve already done that legwork for you. Let’s dive into the top NBA picks for tonight.

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Boston Celtics First Half -6

This is a classic fade spot for me in the NBA playoffs. I love going against a team that just played a grueling Game 7. Not only are the Celtics the much better team in this series, but they are also more rested coming into tonight’s Game 1 matchup. History tells us the Celtics should roll in this series. The Pacers are coming off a Game 7 victory on the road, but that doesn’t necessarily bode well for them. Over the last 13 instances, teams who played in a Game 7 playing a team that wasn’t also in a Game 7 have gone just 2-11 in the conference finals.

I expect the Pacers to do everything they can to ride the momentum of their win against the Knicks early in the game, but they will certainly run out of gas quickly against this Boston team. The Pacers have gone 23-25 ATS in the first half on the road this season, while Boston is 29-18 ATS at home in the first half, including the playoffs.

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Boston Celtics -10

You’ve probably heard by now how much I loathe laying double digits in a playoff game, but if there were ever a team to trust, it would be this Celtics squad right now. I expect Boston to roll in this series just as they did in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Their path to an Eastern Conference title has been pretty smooth, and I don’t expect the Pacers to stand in their way. Teams who have played fewer games in the first two rounds have gone an incredible 17-1 in the conference finals over the last 18 instances. It’s evident the more rested team has an advantage at this point in the postseason.

Over the last 10 seasons, favorites of five points or more in the conference finals have gone 38-29-1 ATS. The Celtics had a historic regular season, going an NBA-best 37-4 at home. Their lone home loss against an Eastern Conference opponent came against a red-hot Knicks team in early April. The Celtics inexplicably dropped two home playoff games, both in Game 2s this postseason against the Heat and Cavaliers, but they took care of business in both opening Game 1s in those series. They defeated Miami by a 20-point margin in Game 1 and Cleveland by a 25-point margin in Game 1. I’m trusting Boston to come out tonight on a mission once again to make a statement!


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Celtics SF Jayson Tatum to Record a Double-Double (-179)

Our third and final leg will be Jayson Tatum, to finish with a double-double in Game 1. We have trusted Tatum throughout the playoffs thus far, and he keeps delivering. Tatum has stepped up his rebounding this season and finished with double-digit rebounds in four of five games against the Miami Heat in Round 1. He had a double-double in four of five games in the second-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tatum has recorded a double-double in all eight playoff wins to this point. His only misses came in Boston’s two playoff losses.

Tatum recorded double-doubles in three of four meetings against the Pacers in the regular season. In the playoffs, Tatum is leading the Celtics with 15.1 rebound chances per game; the next closest Celtic is Al Horford, who has just 11.4 rebound chances.

He has a double-double in nine of his last 17 games without Kristaps Porzingis. The Celtics have announced Porzingis will miss at least the first two games of this series with Indiana after he suffered a calf injury back in the First Round series against the Heat. The Pacers allowed the fourth-most rebounds per game to opposing small forwards during the regular season. We just watched Josh Hart of the Knicks record a double-double in four of five games against Indiana before getting injured in Game 6. Trust Tatum to continue to lead his team on a path to the Finals.






Questions Of The Day

Which remaining playoff team is the most profitable to bet on in the NBA?

The most profitable team to bet on remaining in the NBA playoffs is the Dallas Mavericks, who have gone 55-39 ATS this season.

What is the best NBA bet for Tuesday night?

Take the Boston Celtics to win and cover the spread at home against the Indiana Pacers.

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