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NBA PLAYOFFS | Best Bets for Boston/Indiana Game 2

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Our Basketball tipster names his top picks for Thursday’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Celtics and the Pacers

Game 2 is on the agenda in the Eastern Conference Finals, as Boston will be aiming to build on their 1-0 series lead with a second success over Indiana.

Our basketball expert has looked through the markets, naming two selections that could well be worth siding with this evening.

Here are the best bets for Game 2 between the Celtics and the Pacers.

FINDING THE RIGHT PACE

After a gut-wrenching loss in overtime last time out, the Pacers could put up another fighting performance in Game 2.

Indiana’s struggles with turnovers last time out was potentially the reason they lost the game, but they were putting the pressure on offensively – as they registered a whopping 53.7% return from the field.

While many will be expecting the Celtics to take a commanding lead in this series this evening, it is worth noting that Boston have not won a Game 2 tie in the playoffs this season. They lost by 10 points to Miami in the first round, before suffering a 24-point blowout to the Cavs in the Conference Semi-Finals.

This Pacers team are in unfamiliar territory – they’ve only been in the Conference Finals three times in the last 23 years – so they will not back down without a fight.

The moneyline market looks too much of a gamble here, so the nine-point cushion on the spread for Indiana holds its value in this contest.

TIP: IND Pacers +9 (-112, FanDuel)

HALIBURTON’S LIVING DOWNTOWN

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton has proven to be threatening with his three-point efforts lately – and his 3PM line could be worth looking at here.

In fact, despite only making an average of 2.5 threes made throughout the regular season, Haliburton has stepped up his efforts from downtown – averaging 4.1 made across his last 10 games.

He has registered at least 10 three-points attempts in seven of his last 10 games, and he put up 14 attempts in Game 1 against Boston – scoring six of them.

The Celtics will make it their mission to disrupt Halliburton here especially after his Game 1 antics – but he could well make four efforts from downtown here.

Take the Pacers star’s over line in the threes made category.

TIP: Tyrese Haliburton Over 3.5 Threes Made (+102, FanDuel)

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