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Celtics vs Pacers NBA betting picks and predictions: Boston at its best on the road

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The NBA odds have the Boston Celtics pegged as short road favorites over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, as the two Eastern Conference contenders collide.

We build the NBA betting blueprint for this marquee matchup, from our favorite bets for the side and total to some quick-paying NBA picks and prop plays.

BOSTON CELTICS AT INDIANA PACERS

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Boston has hit the skids. The Celtics have dropped four of their last five games as they limp into Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a matchup against the surging Pacers, who have won six of seven. Indiana returns home after a 2-1 road trip that ended with two straight victories over the Mavericks and Bulls.

Boston is still in shock after Sunday’s 105-104 home loss to the Thunder, in which Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder stole the lead in the final minute. Expect the Celtics to come out with an extra effort on the defensive end to try and salvage some momentum. The first-quarter Under is 20-11 for the Pacers at home this season.

Prediction: Under 51.5 First Quarter

FIRST HALF

Gordon Hayward scored 24 points in Sunday’s loss against OKC, his highest output since February 21 against the Timberwolves. The Celtics will continue to be without Jaylen Brown, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. With Brown sidelined and Jayson Tatum suddenly struggling, Hayward and Kemba Walker will be key for Boston.

Walker had 44 points in a losing effort the last time these teams played. Despite Boston’s recent injuries and struggles, it is still 9-1 ATS in the first half over the last 10 games. Expect an inspired effort out of Brad Stevens’ squad in the opening half.

Prediction: Celtics First Half Moneyline (-124)

TEAM/PLAYER PROP

Domantas Sabonis broke a franchise record with his 50th double-double of the season after putting up 20 points and 17 rebounds in Sundays win over Dallas. The All-Star forward continues to impress and has recorded a double-double in nine straight games. Boston allowed 56 rebounds in Sunday’s loss against Oklahoma City and if the Celtics continue to struggle from the floor, there will be plenty of opportunities for the “Dominator” to clean up the glass.

Prediction: Domantas Sabonis Over 12.5 Rebounds (-102)

TOTAL BET

Points should be at a premium in this matchup as both teams rank inside the Top 5 in scoring defense, with Boston allowing the fewest points per game at 106.8. The Celtics are also second in 3-point defense (34.1 percent) and fourth in overall field goal defense (44.1 percent).

The Celtics shot nearly 50 percent from the floor in the last matchup between these two teams as the game sailed over the total in a 122-117 home victory for Indiana. The Pacers lived at the free-throw line in that matchup, making 30 of 36 from the charity stripe. Considering Indiana is last in the NBA with just 19.3 free-throw attempts per game, it’s a safe bet that the Pacers won’t get as many chances at the line this time around, which should significantly affect the total.

Prediction: Under 214.5

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Tatum is slumping. After scoring at least 28 points in seven straight outings, the All-Star forward has been held to under 20 in consecutive games – both of which were Boston losses. Tatum is shooting just 15 of 41 from the floor during this stretch.

Despite their recent slide, the Celtics still opened as favorites in this game and the line immediately moved in their direction, which is a very strong indication of who the oddsmakers and sharp bettors believe is the better team. Boston’s losing skid is a bit of a mystery as all four losses have come at home. Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last five road games and we expect that trend to continue as we get to back one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference at a discounted price.

Prediction: Celtics -2

Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook

MLB picks and predictions for Opening Day

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It was a long and scary road, but we finally get MLB betting back on Thursday, July 23. Opening Day of the pandemic-shortened 60-game baseball schedule is headlined by a pair of matchups, with the New York Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers rekindling their rivalry with the San Francisco Giants.

Like we do each MLB season (COVID-19 or not), we’ll be taking a swing at today’s baseball odds and giving our best MLB picks and predictions. Up first: Opening Day 2020.

MLB picks for today

New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was supposed to miss the start of the season back in the spring, but the delay to the 2020 campaign allowed the outfielder to heal up from broken ribs and return to his longball-launching self.

Judge looked great in New York’s warmup games, albeit for a limited number of at-bats. He went 3-for-7 with all three hits leaving the ballpark. And he wasn’t alone, with the Yankees’ other power bats providing plenty of pop around him in the order. He’ll get a chance to go yard again on Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Aaron Judge home run (+210)

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants are no strangers to Clayton Kershaw, who has long dominated the Dodgers’ divisional foes. In 49 career appearances against San Francisco, The Claw is 23-12 with a 1.74 ERA and has allowed just 0.71 hits per innings pitched in those starts.

The Giants don’t pose much of an offensive threat, averaging 8.22 hits per game in 2019. San Francisco has managed 45 total hits in its last eight starts against Kershaw – an average of 0.86 hits per inning faced. Given the Dodgers’ ace looked ready for work in his tune-up efforts, we could see him go seven innings or more on Thursday, panning out to a little over six hits for San Fran.

PREDICTION: Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)

Mookie Betts has reportedly landed a whale of a contract extension with the Dodgers after joining the ballclub this offseason via a trade with the Boston Red Sox. And what better way to lock down that deal than an impressive effort on Opening Day.

Betts recorded 313 total bases in 2019 (30th) and 353 in 2018 (fourth). He’s been swinging well in training sessions this offseason: in 27 at-bats during the spring/summer schedule, he has 13 total bases, including two doubles and a home run, while hitting leadoff during Summer Camp. We like that to continue into Opening Day.

PREDICTION: Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)

Top MLB consensus for today

Want to know who today’s biggest MLB betting and consensus bets are right now? Check out our top MLB consensus picks.

Opening Day betting card

  • Aaron Judge home run (+210)
  • Giants between 6-7 total hits (+235)
  • Mookie Betts two or more total bases (-182)