After what could be considered the Indiana Pacers‘ worst week of the season — 1-2 against Detroit, Miami and Houston — they begin this new week against an easy opponent and one they should have no trouble beating. Honestly, it’s not inconceivable to think that the Boston Celtics may endure a worse fate than the Rockets did on Friday.
The Celtics are not a horrible team by any means this season. They currently sit atop the Atlantic Division and are fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. But, their 12-16 records speaks for itself. Boston currently averages 95.5 points per game while giving up 96.5 points. They also have no answer for Paul George, or Lance Stephenson for that matter.
These two teams met early this season in Boston where the Celtics put up a fight until the third quarter, when they scored eight points and eventually lost 97-82. George finished with 27 points and Stephenson earned his second career triple-double. This time around, the Pacers are coming off a 33-point beatdown on the Rockets, and they have Danny Granger back.
The Pacers are also closing in on averaging 100 points per game (currently average 98.2) and still have the best defense in the league as they allow 89.9 points per game.
Predictions: Pacers will win by 20, George will score 30, Granger will score 10 and Stephenson will earn his third career triple-double.
These are the kind of games the Pacers cannot afford to lose this season, and that’s not going to start tonight.