Indiana Pacers will be aiming for their first win in this season's playoffs when they host Boston Celtics in the 3rd game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, on Saturday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: 3rd Game, Celtics lead the series 2-0
Teams: Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics
Match Day: April 20, 2019
Jump Ball Time: @ 06:00 AM IST
Where the game is played? Bankers Life Fieldhouse (20,000)
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:
The series read 2-0 scoreline, against Indiana Pacers. But that's a bit too harsh on Pacers considering they haven't been that poor in the first two games. In fact, for many NBA pundits, Indiana were the far better team than Celtics in at least 5 or 6 of the 8 quarters.
But there goes an old saying, “shoot oneself in the foot”.
Pacers did just that. Not once or twice, but many a time in the first two games.
Indiana were leading by seven points at the break in the first game but failed to turn in the 3rd quarter altogether. They had one of their worst performances in a single quarter in that game, managing just 8 points. That was the game. Celtics took a 1-0 lead in the series.
While in the second match, Pacers opened the match with a 33-29 first quarter win, which turned to two points advantage for Celtics as Irving and Co. won the 2nd quarter 23-17.
However, Indiana held a 79-68 lead going into the fourth and the penultimate quarter. The match looked in grasp. The momentum was with the team, and everything looked fine.
But Indiana fluffed their lines. Failed to withstand the Celtics' pressure. And they wilted.
Celtics had many points-0 runs, and + streaks in the match. Like in the fourth quarter when the Greens were training 82-70. The next 16 points were scored by the hosts, erasing Pacers' huge lead to poke ahead at 86-82 with 3:35 left.
Pacers ended their barren run when Wesley Matthews took advantage of the space on the arc, burying a 3-pointer. After that shot, Indiana upped the ante to some degrees, taking a 91-89 lead in the match.
But Celtics were irresistible in the dying moments and closed out the match with a 10-0 run.
Regular Season Record-
Indiana Pacers: W-48, L-34
Boston Celtics: W-49, L-33
Players to watch out for:
Bojan Bogdanovic – Had a chance to win the game late for Pacers, but was thwarted by Al Horford. But he is an indispensable part of the squad, a kind of player who can single-handedly destroy the opponents.
Considering Victor Oladipo out with injury, he becomes even more integral to Pacers' success. The 29-year-old averaged 18.3 points per game, scoring at 20.7 points per game in the last 10 matches.
Kyrie Irving – He finished the second game with 37 points, six rebounds, and seven assists, a steal and two blocks as well. NBA players don't come in a whole package, but Irving is unique. He is that kind of player who needs a big platform to showcase his talent. He can dance around defenders, can take little step backs, and then forward to pull an absolute rabbit out of his sleeves.
Jayson Tatum – Game 2: What a night it was for Jayson Tatum. We often forget how young he is, but that's because he has set the standard high for himself. He scored 26 points in the game and did so by producing many moments for highlight reels.
BOS vs IND Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – Victor Oladipo will be missing the game for Pacers.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
Injured – For Celtics, the only casualty is Marcus Smart.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
BOS vs IND Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
BOS vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Celtics are favorite in this match.
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.