Pacers/Celtics Playoff Schedule
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INDIANAPOLIS – For a fourth straight year, the Indiana Pacers will be on the road to start their playoff journey.
The Boston Celtics (49-33) are the No. 4 seed and will host the No. 5 seed Pacers (48-34) in Round One this Sunday afternoon.
Even though the Celtics underachieved in 2018-19, they did beat the Pacers 3-1 in the season series to claim homecourt.
Boston does have a big injury with guard Marcus Smart expected to miss the series due to an oblique strain. Smart is the team’s best perimeter defender and helped hold Bojan Bogdanovic to just 1-of-8 shooting last Friday.
Despite Victor Oladipo’s absence for 46 games, the Pacers went 23-23 without their star, a vast improvement from last season.
Indiana will be looking for its first playoff series win since the 2013-14 season. They’ve lost their three previous series in 7, 4 and 7 games.
The Pacers have made the playoffs in 8 of the past 9 seasons.
Here is a look at the first-round schedule for the Pacers and Celtics:
Game 1: at Boston, (Sunday, 1:00 on TNT)
Game 2: at Boston, (Wednesday, 7:00 on TNT)
Game 3: Indiana, (Friday, 4/19, 8:30 on ESPN)
Game 4: Indiana, (Sunday, 4/21, 1:00 on ABC)
*Game 5 at Boston, (Wednesday, 4/24), TBD)
*Game 6 Indiana, (Friday, 4/26, TBD)
*Game 7 at Boston, (Sunday, 4/28, TBD)