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The Boston Celtics were the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference during the 2023-24 NBA regular season and they are still the favorites to come out of the East as the Eastern Conference Finals begin.  The Celtics had the best record in the league and they finished a ridiculous 14 games in front of the 2nd place New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are led by the duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and the team also has a lot of depth. It would be a surprise if the Celtics don’t win the Eastern Conference. The Indiana Pacers finished as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference but they took out the Milwaukee Bucks in six games in the first round and got past the New York Knicks in seven games in the conference semifinals. Now the Pacers will try and beat the league’s best regular season team, the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are listed as a -1200 favorite to win the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics have the home court advantage for this best-of-seven game series which begins on Tuesday, May 21st.

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NBA Eastern Conference Finals

1. Boston Celtics vs. 6. Indiana Pacers

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers

Game 1: Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics, Tuesday, May 21 (8:00 ET, ESPN)

Game 2: Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics, Thursday, May 23 (8:00 ET, ESPN)

Game 3: Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers, Saturday, May 25 (8:30 ET, ABC)

Game 4: Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers, Monday, May 27 (8:00 ET, ESPN)

Game 5:* Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics, Wednesday, May 29 (8:00 ET, ESPN)

Game 6:* Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers, Friday, May 31 (8:00 ET, ESPN)

Game 7:* Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics, Sunday, June 2 (8:00 ET, ESPN)

* If necessary

The Celtics went 64-18 SU and 41-36-5 in the regular season with 42 games going over the total and 38 going under. The Celtics averaged 120.6 points per game this season, 2nd in the NBA and they gave up just 109.2 points per game, 5th in the league. Jayson Tatum led the team at 26.5 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game, while Derrick White led the team with 5 assists per game. The Celtics are not expected to have Kristaps Porzingis to start the series.

The Pacers went 47-35 in the regular season, going 44-35-3 ATS with 42 games going over the total and 40 going under. The Pacers led the league in points per game, averaging 123.3 points per contest. They were first in the league in field goal percentage at 50.7%. They were very poor on defense, giving up 120.2 points per game, 27th in the league. Pascal Siakim led the team at 21.2 points per game and he led the team in rebounding with 7.7 per contest. Tyrese Haliburton led the team with 10.5 assists per contest.

Siakam is in his eighth season and has played 66 career playoff games. He was one of the Toronto Raptors' best players during their 2019 season. Backup point guard T.J. McConnell has been in the NBA nine years. Head coach Rick Carlisle won a title as a player (1986 Celtics) and has coached 140 playoff games. He coached the Dallas Mavericks when they won the 2011 NBA Finals.

This will be the seventh time in playoff history that these teams will meet with the Celtics winning four of the previous six, all first round series. Boston will have been off since they eliminated Cleveland on May 15, while the Pacers beat the Knicks in Game 7 on Sunday. Boston will be making their sixth conference finals appearance in the last eight years, while the Pacers are in the conference finals for the first time since 2014.

Boston won two of the three meetings against Indiana this season straight up but they were just 2-3 ATS. The went 2-0 SU and 1-1 at home, while Indiana was 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in the three games at Indiana in the regular season. Three of the five games went over the total.

The Celtics were a very good defensive team during the regular season but Indiana still averaged 116.8 points per game in the five head-to-head meetings. The Pacers averaged 97.2 shots per game in the five games. It will be difficult for Indiana in this series but their only chance is to try and outscore the Celtics, as the Pacers simply don’t play enough defense to contain Boston.

Conference Winners (2000)

SEASON WINNER RUNNER-UP SERIES
2023 Miami Heat Boston Celtics 4-3
2022 Boston Celtics Miami Heat 4-3
2021 Milwaukee Bucks Atlanta Hawks 4-2
2020 Miami Heat Boston Celtics 4-2
2019 Toronto Raptors Milwaukee Bucks 4-2
2018 Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics 4-3
2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics 4-1
2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Toronto Raptors 4-2
2015 Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks 4-0
2014 Miami Heat Indiana Pacers 4-2
2013 Miami Heat Indiana Pacers 4-3
2012 Miami Heat Boston Celtics 4-3
2011 Miami Heat Chicago Bulls 4-1
2010 Boston Celtics Orlando Magic 4-2
2009 Orlando Magic Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2
2008 Boston Celtics Detroit Pistons 4-2
2007 Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons 4-2
2006 Miami Heat Detroit Pistons 4-2
2005 Detroit Pistons Miami Heat 4-3
2004 Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers 4-2
2003 New Jersey Nets Detroit Pistons 4-0
2002 New Jersey Nets Boston Celtics 4-2
2001 Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks 4-3
2000 Indiana Pacers New York Knicks 4-2
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There has not been a repeat champion in the Eastern Conference since LeBron James took the Cleveland Cavaliers to four straight NBA Finals with the help of Kyrie Irving. Cleveland won the NBA Finals in 2016, ending decades of futility among the city’s professional sports teams by beating the Golden State Warriors.

That came after James and Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat to four straight Eastern Conference titles from 2011 to 2014. James ended up playing in eight straight NBA Finals, and that success helped spur the wild player movement that has made the NBA offseason so interesting.

Five different franchises have won the last six Eastern Conference titles. Toronto and Milwaukee went on to win the NBA title, but the other four teams fell short, including the Miami Heat twice.

Conference Finals Results By Team

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS LAST
Boston Celtics 22 2022
Philadelphia 76ers 9 2001
Miami Heat 8 2023
New York Knicks 8 1999
Chicago Bulls 6 1998
Cleveland Cavaliers 5 2018
Detroit Pistons 5 2005
Washington Wizards 4 1979
Orlando Magic 2 2009
Brooklyn Nets 2 2003
Milwaukee Bucks 1 2021
Toronto Raptors 1 2019
Indiana Pacers 1 2000
Golden State Warriors 1 1956

The Boston Celtics have been the most successful team in the Eastern Conference by a country mile. They put together one of the greatest runs we’ve seen in North American sports by winning 11 NBA Championships in 13 seasons, and the Celtics won the Eastern Division 12 times in that stretch. They had another great run in the 1980s, winning the Eastern Conference in four straight seasons from 1984 to 1987 with Larry Bird leading the way.

Philadelphia has claimed the second-most Eastern Conference titles, but the 76ers haven’t made it to the NBA Finals since Allen Iverson was in his prime. They are one of the oldest NBA franchises, as they were originally the Syracuse Nationals, and they made it to the NBA Finals three times in their first six seasons.

We have seen the New York Knicks claim eight Eastern Conference titles, but the Knicks have not won the conference since 1999, and their last NBA title came in 1973. They made the NBA Finals three straight seasons from 1951 to 1953, but they were unable to get past the great George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers.

Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six Eastern Conference titles and six NBA championships in the 1990s. The Bulls have only been able to reach the Eastern Conference Finals once since Jordan retired though, and that was the season where Derrick Rose was named the NBA MVP.

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