Indiana Pacers need to find a way of stopping Kyrie Irving as they look to cut the 2-0 deficit in their play-off series with Boston Celtics.
Indiana Pacers will hope home-court advantage will help them get over the hump when they face the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their first round play-off series (Indiana 4/6, Boston 5/4 – Money Line).
Nate McMillan’s team trail 2-0 after letting a 12-point fourth-quarter advantage slip through their grasp at TD Gardens on Wednesday night.
The Celtics had Kyrie Irving (pictured) to thank as he inspired a late comeback to clinch Game 2 99-91, the 27-year-old putting up 37 points and seven assists on the night.
Irving’s performance was lauded by his coach and peers post-game and the challenge for Indiana now is how they interrupt the momentum he appears to be building.
They will also need to find a way of improving on their dreadful home record against the Celtics having lost five of the last six meetings, most recently going down by 20 points to Boston at the start of April (Boston +3 10/11 – point spread).
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors square off in Florida with the first-round series tied at 1-1 after the Canadian franchise’s dominant showing on Wednesday night.
The No.2 seeds bounced back from what was only their 10th defeat at home in Game 1 by thrashing Orlando 111-82, Kawhi Leonard stealing the show with 37 points.
The Magic will hope to respond in what will be the first play-off game at the Amway Center in six years. Steve Clifford’s men ended the regular season with nine straight wins in front of their own fans and beat Toronto the last time they made the trip to the Sunshine State in December.
Odds subject to change.