What competition it is? NBA regular season
Teams: Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics
Jump Ball Time: Saturday 06 April @ 05:30 AM IST
Where the game is played? Bankers Life Fieldhouse (21,000)
TV Info: Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA matches in India. Premier members can also catch the Live Action on SonyLiv App.
BOS vs IND Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Indiana Pacers will be looking to extend their winning streak to three games when they host Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA match at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, on Saturday morning (IST).
If Indiana Pacers do end up at 5th in the regular season, and head into the playoffs with no home advantage, it will all be their fault.
After a treacherous few weeks, Indiana slipped down to 5th in the Eastern Conference, while both Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics gained the advantage on the table after a good run in the same period.
For long Pacers have been doing wonders, winning games after games without having their best player and injured Victor Oladipo in their ranks. Nobody gave Indiana enough backing to sustain the good run, but they did and rose to 3rd in the table.
But a 1-7 run in March was a waking call for Nate McMillan and his men. Not only Pacers lost the games, but that streak gave us an idea of how far they can tread in the post-season.
Indiana finally snapped their losing skid with two consecutive wins over Detroit Pistons. The last one was on the road which saw Pacers ending their 10 games away losing streak.
Both the teams showed little intent in the first quarter, combining for just 33 points. But Pacers scored 26, 34 and 30 points in the next three quarters, producing a much better offensive approach.
“It was a team win,” head coach Nate McMillan said after the Pacers’ first away win in 11 matches.”
“Both the offense and the defense played well. For us, the challenge was facing Detroit again after getting the win in Indiana and staying hungry. I thought our group came out, played hungrily, played aggressively and both units played solid.”
With the win, Pacers improved their season record to 47-32.
While Gordon Hayward was in a lethal mode as he helped Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat 112-102 at AmericanAirlines Center.
The former Utah Jazz small forward scored 25 points from the bench, also adding 8 rebounds to his efforts.
While Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, and Al Horford added 21 points as the Greens kept pace with the Indiana Pacers.
Regular Season Record-
Indiana Pacers: W-47, L-32
Boston Celtics: W-47, L-29
Players to watch out for:
Bojan Bogdanovic – With Victor Oladipo out with injury, somebody had to stand up and take the mantle. Luckily for Pacers, Bojan Bogdanovic is having one of the best seasons of his professional career. The 29-year-old is averaging 18.3 points per game, while he has scored at 20.7 points per game in the last 10 matches.
Domantas Sabonis – Scored 15 points in the last match against the Pistons. He normally features from the bench but more often than not has a good impact on the game. He almost single-handedly beat Oklahoma City Thunder just a few weeks ago. The 22-year-old is averaging 14.1 points per game.
Kyrie Irving – Missed the entire playoffs last season as Boston Celtics were undone by Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. But he is healthy and going strong. The Greens are one of the favorites for the glory and Irving of the biggest reasons behind that opinion. The 2016 NBA champion is racking up 23.9 points per game this season.
Jayson Tatum – One for the future but an indispensable part of Boston Celtics’ current roster. From scoring points to provide assists to his teammates, the 21-year-old does everything on the court. He is averaging 15.9 points per game.
BOS vs IND Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – Victor Oladipo is still out and there is no timeline for his return as of yet.
Meanwhile, Darren Collison (groin injury) and Wesley Matthews (muscle injury) both are out as well.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
Injured – The Greens have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this match.
Questionable – But they could still be without two players as Jaylen Brown (Lower Back Injury) and Marcus Morris (Knee injury) are both questionable for this match.
Suspended – None.
BOS vs IND Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
BOS vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
This is a very fixture which may be played in the first round of the playoffs as both Boston and Indiana are both 4th and 5th respectively on the table.
Pacers have some momentum behind them after winning the last two games, but Boston Celtics may just edge this one out.
NOTE: THIS BOS vs IND Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.