Celtics VS Pacers Preview

Celtics VS Pacers Preview

The 2024 NBA postseason is reaching its conclusion and the basketball world is buzzing with anticipation. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the heavily favored Boston Celtics will face off against the up-and-coming Indiana Pacers. Let’s dive into the key storylines, schedule, and predictions for this exciting series.

The Celtics enter their sixth East Finals appearance in the past eight seasons. Led by star forward Jayson Tatum, they boast a potent offense and a strong defensive presence. Boston won the regular-season series against Indiana, going 3-2 in five matchups. Their average scoring margin against the Pacers was +12.2 points per game. 

The Celtics hope to get back forward Kristaps Porzingis from a calf injury that has kept him out since April 29th. Getting Porzingis back and being able to contribute will be a big storyline as the Celtics look to slow down the Pacers forward tandem of Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner, both of which played very well in the series against the Knicks. 

The Pacers, seeded sixth, surprised everyone by reaching the East Finals. Their journey included upset victories over the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks. Point guard Tyrese Haliburton emerged as a key player, averaging 24 points in their wins and guiding the offense with a steady hand. However, the Celtics present a tougher defensive challenge.

It will be interesting to see the defensive matchups early in Game 1 and how the outcome of this first game will influence coaching decisions for the rest of the series. Haliburton is the key piece that makes the Pacers go and with his above-average size at the point guard spot, it’ll be a factor to watch who coach Joe Mazulla puts out to guard him. Could he move a wing like Tatum to help mitigate Haliburtons size and length?

This series will be an exciting, high scoring affair by all accounts. Is this finally the Celtics year to break through the proverbial wall and reach the pinnacle of NBA success? They’ll have their hands full with this young and hungry Pacers squad. Game 1 tonight in Boston, I’m predicting a Celtics win in a close one at TD Garden.