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Celtics vs. Pacers odds: Best NBA picks in virtual must-win game for C's

Celtics vs. Pacers odds: Best NBA picks in virtual must-win game for C's

The Boston Celtics have been one of the NBA's most successful teams against the spread this season.

The Celtics have lost four of their last five games despite being favored in all but one of those contests. That skid has severely hindered their quest for the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed, and their path doesn't get any easier: Boston travels to Indiana on Tuesday to face a Pacers team that's 6-1 in its last seven games.

With Jaylen Brown ruled out for Tuesday's contest, should you be wary of backing the struggling C's? We'll break it all down in our Celtics-Pacers betting predictions, followed by two NBA locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

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Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m. ET

Moneyline: Indiana has all the momentum here ... which is why I'm backing the Celtics (-150). Boston needs a win and will play with the desperation necessary to get it done. Oh, the C's have won five of their last seven games in Indy dating to 2016.

Point Spread: A road trip might be just what Boston needs amid its tailspin. The Celtics (-3) have covered in five consecutive road games and have won three straight away from TD Garden despite a four-game home losing streak. The C's bounce back on the road.

Point Total: The Celtics' stark home and road differences involve points, too: Boston has scored 105 points or more in 12 straight road games, per Boston Sports Info. Four of Indiana's last five games have hit the OVER, so that's the bet I like on the 214.5 point total.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 85-49-1 (63.0% success rate)

NBA Locks of the Night

Dallas Mavericks (-3) at San Antonio Spurs: The Mavs haven't lost yet this season to the Spurs, who are 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games. Dallas should handle this battle for Texas with relative ease.

Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers (-9.5): You could argue this is a trap game for L.A. after wins over the 76ers, Bucks and Clippers, but 9.5 points seems manageable against a Nets team that just fired its head coach.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 44-44-1 (49.4% success rate)

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Pacers-Celtics, which begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 7 p.m. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.

Celtics vs. Jazz odds: Best NBA picks with Kemba Walker slightly more involved

Celtics vs. Jazz odds: Best NBA picks with Kemba Walker slightly more involved

The Boston Celtics are far from healthy, but they'll roll out a slightly more intact squad Friday than the one that squeaked past the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

While Jaylen Brown (hamstring) and Gordon Hayward (knee) remain out, Kemba Walker is back in Boston's lineup and could see more action: The All-Star guard will be on a more loose minutes restriction than when he played 23 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

The Celtics face better competition Friday, though, as the Utah Jazz enter TD Garden on a three-game winning streak.

Do the banged-up C's have enough firepower to get past Utah? Here are our Celtics-Jazz betting predictions and NBA locks against the spread after going 5-0-0 on Wednesday's NBA slate.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. ET

Moneyline: Guess who the Jazz have beaten since the Celtics handed them their fourth consecutive loss last week? The Wizards, Cavs and Knicks. That doesn't convince me their problems are solved. Take the Celtics (-125).

Point Spread: See above. While the Jazz will provide the undermanned Celtics more resistance than Cleveland, they're 1-6 against the spread over their last seven games and have won just two of their last 11 in Boston. I like the Celtics (-1.5) to cover.

Point Total: As our friend Boston Sports Info points out, the Celtics have scored 110 or more points in 10 consecutive home games. But without Brown and Hayward, that streak gets snapped Friday night, and I don't trust Utah's plodding offense to reach the same mark. Take the UNDER on the 221 point total.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 84-47-1 (63.6% success rate)

NBA Locks of the Night

Orlando Magic (-2) at Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves have won two straight, but I'm not putting my money behind a team that's covered just five times in its last 20 games. Orlando wins this virtual pick 'em.

Milwaukee Bucks (+1.5) at Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James and the Lakers will keep things close, but the Bucks are an absolute wagon this year. Don't mind if I back a 53-9 underdog.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 43-43-1 (49.5% success rate)

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Jazz, which begins Friday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 8 p.m. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.

Celtics vs. Cavs odds: Best NBA picks as undermanned C's limp into Cleveland

Celtics vs. Cavs odds: Best NBA picks as undermanned C's limp into Cleveland

To say the Boston Celtics' train got derailed Tuesday night might be an understatement.

Not only did the Celtics collapse in the fourth quarter of an embarrassing overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets, they also withstood injuries to Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward, who join Kemba Walker among those not playing Wednesday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.

Leading scorer Jayson Tatum is expected to return, though. Can the 22-year-old All-Star carry Boston to victory on the second night of a back-to-back against a 17-44 Cavs team?

We'll discuss in our Celtics-Cavs betting predictions, followed by our two NBA locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 p.m. ET

Moneyline: It's true that four of the Cavs' 17 wins have come in their last eight games. It's also true that Boston has won seven in a row vs. Cleveland and typically handles its business when Tatum is in the lineup. Count on the Celtics (-180) bouncing back after a talking-to from Brad Stevens.

Point Spread: Want more evidence of the Tatum effect? Boston jumped from a 2.5-point favorite to a 4.5-point favorite upon news of his return -- despite Walker, Brown and Hayward all being ruled out. Take the Celtics (-4.5) while you can against the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

Point Total: The Celtics are rolling out a G-League roster outside Tatum, but that second-rate unit still scored 34 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Cleveland allows 115 points per game, and the point total is 217.5. I'll have the OVER, please.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 81-47-1 (62.8% success rate)

NBA Lock of the Night

Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks (-11): No Victor Oladipo would be bad news for the Pacers, who face a Bucks team eager to remedy Monday's flop against the Miami Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. roll to a double-digit victory at home.

Memphis Grizzlies (+1.5) at Brooklyn NetsCaris LeVert and the Nets are feeling their oats after stunning the Celtics in overtime Tuesday night -- which is why they'll flop 24 hours later against a pesky Grizzlies club.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 41-43-1 (48.2% success rate)

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Nets-Celtics, which begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.