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

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

Now, the Eastern Conference rivals meet in the first round, with Game 1 taking place Sunday at TD Garden at 1 p.m. ET.

Al Horford recorded a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Celtics, while Jayson Tatum chipped in with 15 points and Gordon Hayward had 10. They continued to struggle to score and at the 5:21 mark in the final quarter, Boston led by 20, 79-59, and the game was effectively over. He also got to the free throw line a career playoff-high nine times, hitting seven.

The 12 points in the opening 12 minutes marked Morris's highest scoring output in any quarter this season. 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.

"He's a very good 3-point shooter, we know that, " Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. The Celtics (49-33) overcame a late four-game losing streak to win six of eight down the stretch and secure home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA Playoffs 2019 as the No. 4 seed. Game 1 will give us a good look at the individual matchups that will define the series but, on paper, nearly all of them go in the Celtics favor.

Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers.

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For his part, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was less than pleased with the officiating in the opener. The two ended up getting into a minor scuffle after it appeared that Durant fouled Beverley.

"I just tried to enter the game and stay aggressive, " Morris said.

Stevens said he could tell Morris was probably going to have a good game, based on the team's two most recent practices. 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.

Smart would have appreciated Boston's defensive effort in the series opener. Before you make any Pacers vs. Celtics picks, listen to what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. No other Celtics player had more than two points. "They got the momentum and really never let that go".

I keep looking back at the March 25 meeting between these two teams (Note: This was after the Pacers lost Victor Oladipo for the season, so similar lineups to what we'll see in this series), when the Celtics won 114-112 but didn't cover as seven-point home favorites. "That game looked like a 1980s playoff game in a lot of ways with the score".