Pacers play the Celtics on 6-game win streak


Indiana will look to keep its six-game win streak intact when the Pacers take on Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Pacers are 17-10 in conference play. Indiana leads the NBA with 31.2 assists per game led by Tyrese Haliburton averaging 12.8.

The Celtics are 21-4 in conference play. Boston scores 121.0 points while outscoring opponents by 10.6 points per game.

The Pacers’ 14.8 made 3-pointers per game this season are only 0.9 more made shots on average than the 13.9 per game the Celtics give up. The Celtics average 121.0 points per game, 3.4 fewer than the 124.4 the Pacers give up to opponents.

The teams square off for the third time this season. The Pacers won 122-112 in the last matchup on Dec. 5. Haliburton led the Pacers with 26 points, and Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 32 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bennedict Mathurin is scoring 14.3 points per game and averaging 3.8 rebounds for the Pacers. Haliburton is averaging 21.6 points and 4.4 rebounds over the last 10 games for Indiana.

Tatum is averaging 27.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the Celtics. Derrick White is averaging 3.3 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pacers: 7-3, averaging 128.1 points, 40.5 rebounds, 33.5 assists, 7.4 steals and 6.6 blocks per game while shooting 53.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.3 points per game.

Celtics: 8-2, averaging 128.6 points, 51.0 rebounds, 28.5 assists, 6.3 steals and 7.2 blocks per game while shooting 48.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.6 points.

INJURIES: Pacers: Andrew Nembhard: out (back).

Celtics: Al Horford: out (nir – rest).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.



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