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Boston begins the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana

Indiana Pacers (47-35, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (64-18, first in the Eastern Conference)

Boston; Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL: The Celtics host the first series match

BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers to open the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston lost to Indiana 3-2 in the regular season. The Pacers won their last meeting of the regular season 122-112 on December 5, led by Tyrese Haliburton with 26 points while Jayson Tatum scored 32 points for the Celtics.

The Celtics are 41-11 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is 6-7 in games decided by fewer than 4 points.

The Pacers are 32-20 in Eastern Conference play. Indiana leads the Eastern Conference with 30.8 assists. Haliburton leads the Pacers with 10.9.

The Celtics are scoring 120.6 points per game, 0.4 more points than the 120.2 the Pacers are allowing. The Pacers are shooting 50.7% from the field, 5.4% better than the Celtics' opponents' 45.3% this season.

TOP PLAYERS: Tatum averaged 26.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 23.1 points and 6.6 rebounds over the last 10 games.

Pascal Siakam is scoring 21.7 points per game with 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Pacers. Haliburton is averaging 20.6 points and 4.4 rebounds on 51.3% shooting over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 8-2, averaging 108.1 points, 44.9 rebounds, 22.7 assists, 5.1 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 48.0% from the field. Their opponents averaged 96.7 points per game.

Pacers: 6-4, averaging 114.5 points, 38.7 rebounds, 30.1 assists, 5.9 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 52.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.5 points.

INJURIES: Celtics: Kristaps Porzingis: Day to day (Soleus).

Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin: Out for the season (shoulder).

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

The Associated Press

Anna Harden

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