NBA Playoffs 2019: Celtics vs. Pacers Game 1 live stream

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Prior to the game, Pacers coach Nate McMillan talked about limiting Boston from the outset, when the Celtics often build a bit of a lead (which they then often fritter away). The Celtics capitalized and led by as many as 22 in the fourth.

The Pacers finished with 33.3/22.2/57.1 shooting splits - a combination of Boston's strong defense and Indiana's inability to create good offense. We can expect a better shooting performance from the Celtics this time around, but I'm not sure we can say the same for the Pacers.

Irving continued on how he and his team can build on Game 1, whether it was a win or loss, "when you look back at it and see some of the mistakes and some of the things you can correct going forward I think that can really make a huge impact for the players in the locker room".

Boston's big run started with a dunk by Jaylen Brown (check it out below), but Irving dominated the third quarter, dropping eight points and dishing out three assists while the Pacers scored just eight points on 2-for-19 shooting.

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The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games, 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. It entered Week 26 of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season with a sterling 292-234 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 in profit to anybody following them.

"They missed some shots, but we were really connected", he said.

The Pacers have been impressive without Victor Oladipo, with Bojan Bogdanovic picking up a lot of the scoring and creation load and Myles Turner developing into a fringe Defensive Player of the Year candidate. "They got the momentum and really never let that go". Boston is a seven-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 209.5 in the latest Celtics vs. Pacers odds.

Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris scored 20 points apiece for Boston, which won handily despite shooting just 36.4 percent. Jayson Tatum added 15. But there was a gradual decrescendo, as the Celtics managed to tally just 6 points in the first six minutes of play. Those happen to be Indiana Pacers colors as well, but it was all green on Sunday at the start of what Celtics fans hope is a long postseason run.

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