Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

NBA Predictions: Will the Pacers upset the Celtics in Boston? 2/9/18

NBA Predictions: Will the Pacers upset the Celtics in Boston? 2/9/18

This was also the first time since January 12 that Beal committed fewer than 2 turnovers in a game.

Such is life in the National Basketball Association. The 6-foot-11 big man, the seventh overall pick of the Pistons in the 2010 National Basketball Association draft, was traded to Phoenix in November as part of a package in which the Bucks brought back Eric Bledsoe. In franchise point guard John Wall's absence, the team has fared admirably well but the team had no answer to Sixers big man Joel Embiid, who finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

In addition, the Celtics regularly have racked up hefty point totals in recent contests away from TD Garden, averaging 110 points per game over five road games ahead of Tuesday's loss to the Raptors. "I think we're gonna be in a little bit of experimentation mode for a while", he said.

A two-year collegiate standout at Georgetown University, Monroe hauled in a career-best 10.2 rebounds in 69 games for Detroit in 2014-15 in what stands as his only National Basketball Association season with a double-double average (15.9 ppg).

"This is my first day here; I don't want to make any predictions", said a smiling Monroe.

"As soon as the buyout was open, I was analyzing all my options", Monroe said. "I don't want to get fined". However, they likely will need more of the same against a Wizards squad that has rediscovered its offensive touch during a 5-1 SU and ATS run. "For us, I just feel like we have a low-post presence, an incredible rebounder, and someone that we can definitely utilize for the rest of the season, which I'm appreciative of". "It's home for me, so it was definitely a tough decision, but it was hard to pick against here".

No Irving is focused on the present and a Boston team that has just won its 40th game of the season.

On Friday they will host a 30-25 Pacers team which flew to New Orleans only to have their scheduled Wednesday game postponed due to moisture on the court. They have lost two of their last three but are 6-3 in their last nine. "We'll continue to get more used to playing with him".

On the season, the Wizards are averaging 107.4 points, 42.7 rebounds and 24.0 assists per game. The Celtics are also now without Marcus Smart, who is out through the All-Star break with a lacerated hand. New center Greg Monroe, who'd been waived by the Suns on February 1 and was officially signed by the Celtics on Thursday, played a solid 20 minutes (five points and six rebounds). Both teams had been thought to be pursuing moves, but didn't - or rather, couldn't - close any deals at the deadline. I think now guys are stepping up.

Said Stevens: "It was probably the least amount of time that I was paying attention to it or on the phone over these days in five years".

"Once the buyout was done it was just about seeing where I would be most comfortable, having the best opportunity", Monroe said.

The Celtics, who will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 in a ceremony following Sunday's game with the rebuilt Cavs, could add another player when other contracts are bought out.

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