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Bet NBA Playoff East Finals: Boston Sweep or Indiana Comeback?

The Indiana Pacers hope to pick themselves off the mat after coughing up an 18-point lead and falling behind 3-0 in the Eastern Conference finals when they host the favored Boston Celtics for Game 4 on Monday.

The Pacers led by nine after three quarters before sinking like the Titanic in a 114-111 loss that put them on the brink of elimination. The main questions you have to ask if you bet online are does Indiana have anything left and can star guard Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) return?

NBA Playoff Game 4 Showdown: Will Boston Close Out Indiana in East Final
NBA Playoff Game 4 Showdown: Will Boston Close Out Indiana in East Final. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Meanwhile, the Celtics have a chance to reach the NBA finals for the second time in three years in search of their first title since 2008. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each have scored at least 90 points in the series for Boston and over bettors are 3-0.

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Bet NBA Playoff East Finals: Boston Sweep or Indiana Comeback?

“It’s gonna be the toughest game of the series (to win) most likely,” Celtics guard Derrick White told reporters. “We gotta be ready to go.”

Indiana is just 8-8 in the playoffs overall and 6-1 at home.while the Celtics are 5-0 on the road and 11-2 in the postseason.

If you’re still betting the series, no team in NBA history has ever won after being down 3-0.

Celtics vs Pacers Game Information

  • Game: Boston Celtics (3-0) vs Indiana Pacers (0-3)
  • Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Day/Time: Monday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Live Streaming: ESPN

Can Indiana Break Through?

The Celtics never seem to make it easy on themselves, but with Tatum (95 points) and Brown (90) cooking in the series, it will take a complete effort by the Pacers.

The good news for Indiana is it has arguably been the better team in two of the three games, losing the opener in overtime. The Pacers have shot at least 50.5 percent from the field in all three games.

“Obviously this one stings, but there’s no guy in this locker room who has packed it in,” McConnell told reporters.

That will be the key to your sport betting for Game 4. Will Indiana summon up the emotional drive to get it done once?

In 154 tries, no team in NBA history has come back to win a series after falling behind 3-0. Four teams battled back to force Game 7, though.

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  • Celtics bettors are just 1-4 ATS at the sportsbook in their last five games despite winning all of them.
  • The over is 5-0 in Indiana’s past five games and 53-45 on the season.
  • Boston’s backup center Al Horford is averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks over his last four games.
  • Pacers guard T.J. McConnell is averaging 15 points in the series – almost five above his season mark.
  • The Celtics have won six of eight meetings this season and over bettors have won five in a row.

Holiday Gives Celts Boost

Tatum and Brown do their thing pretty much every game, but they need their supporting players to put them over the top and Jrue Holiday has been a big factor for Boston.

Holiday, a 6-4 point guard, is averaging 19 points, seven assists and 6.3 rebounds in the series on 60.6 percent from the field. He had 14 points, nine assists and his third steal on Andrew Nembhard all but sealed the game for the Celtics.

Holiday averaged 12.5 points and 4.8 assists in the regular season for Boston. Center Kristaps Porzingis (calf) is still out for the Celtics, but the shooting from supporting players like Holiday and Horford still makes the over a good bet.

Haliburton Questionable For Game 4

The All-Star guard was not able to go for Game 3 and he would have to heal quicker than Superman to be a major factor the rest of the series.

Haliburton had 35 points and 18 assists in the first two games and averaged a double-double during the regular season.

Nembhard stepped up with 32 points and nine assists to make up for the absence of Haliburton, but had the ball stolen from him in the final seconds with the Pacers down one.

If Haliburton can’t make an impact, Indiana needs big efforts from Nembhard and McConnell to beat the NBA line.

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