Indiana Pacers: Three things to look for versus Celtics

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Indiana Pacers host the Boston Celtics in the first game of the season between the two teams. In a tight Eastern Conference race, this game presents the opportunity for a team to gain an edge.

The Indiana Pacers face the Boston Celtics for the first time this season tonight in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers and Celtics are an intriguing Eastern Conference matchup of two teams trending in the right direction.

The Celtics come to Indianapolis on a four-game win streak and are looking to start the first night of a back-to-back on a positive note.

For the Pacers, tonight presents the opportunity to bounce back after a tough loss to Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

With consecutive games against formidable opponents, the contest against the Celtics gives Pacers fans a true indication of the identity of the team.

With stints without Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker in the lineup, the Celtics have displayed resilience while battling similar circumstances as the Pacers.

Both teams have battled injury and have overcome adversity.

The Celtics are currently standing as the number two team in the Eastern Conference with a 17-5 record and the margin between teams is small.

Tonight allows the Pacers to climb the ladder and prove they should be considered one of the top teams in the conference.

The Pacers and Celtics are familiar foes, but this season the Pacers have a completely reshaped roster. With the new faces, tonight will be interesting to see how the two teams will currently matchup.

Here are three things to look for tonight versus the Celtics: