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Boston takes 1-0 lead into game 2 against Indiana

April 16, 2019

Indiana Pacers (48-34, fifth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Boston Celtics (49-33, fourth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season)

Boston; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Boston leads series 1-0

BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference first round with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Celtics won the last matchup 84-74. Marcus Morris scored 20 points to lead Boston to the win and Cory Joseph totaled 14 points in defeat for Indiana.

The Celtics have gone 35-17 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is eighth in the NBA allowing 108 points per game and holding opponents to 44.8 percent shooting.

The Pacers are 33-19 in Eastern Conference play. Indiana is 43-17 when scoring 100 or more points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kyrie Irving leads the Celtics averaging three made 3-pointers and scoring 23.8 points per game while shooting 40.1 percent from beyond the arc. Gordon Hayward has averaged 13 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 47.4 percent over the last 10 games for Boston.

Domantas Sabonis ranks third on the Pacers averaging 14.1 points and has added nine rebounds and three assists per game. Bojan Bogdanovic has averaged two made 3-pointers and scored 17.4 points over the last 10 games for Indiana.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pacers: 4-6, averaging 108.7 points, 43 rebounds, 26 assists, seven steals and four blocks per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.2 points on 45 percent shooting.

Celtics: 7-3, averaging 110.2 points, 44 rebounds, 26 assists, eight steals and five blocks per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.7 points on 45 percent shooting.

Celtics Injuries: Marcus Smart: out (oblique).

Pacers Injuries: Wesley Matthews: day to day (toe), Myles Turner: day to day (undisclosed), Thaddeus Young: day to day (undisclosed), Bojan Bogdanovic: day to day (undisclosed), Victor Oladipo: out for season (ruptured right quadricep tendon).

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