The Boston Celtics entered the 2018-2019 NBA season as favorites to win the top seed in the Eastern Conference, according to SI.com, much like last season. Instead, the Celtics struggled with injuries and, reportedly, internal dissension. They went on to win just 49 games — six fewer than in 2017/2018 — and place fourth in the conference. Nonetheless, that was good enough to give the 17-time NBA champions home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs as they open their quest for an 18th title. Now, they’ll be taking on a team that has never won the NBA crown, the Indiana Pacers, in a game that will live stream from Boston.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics opening game of the first-round NBA Playoff series, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. The matchup gets underway at 1 p.m. Eastern Time at the 18,600-seat TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday, April 14.
That start time is 10 p.m. Pacific Time, noon Central. In the United Kingdom, tipoff time will be 6 p.m. British Summer Time on Sunday.
Indiana has actually won three championships, but all of those victories were part of the old American Basketball Association, the league in which the Pacers played from 1967 to 1976, according to Basketball Reference. Since they joined the NBA, however, Indiana has advanced as far as the finals only once — once in 2000 under then-coach Larry Bird, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, four games to two.
Both teams come into the first-round series with injuries to key players, however, as Indiana will be without leading scorer Victor Oladipo, according to BR, who is on the bench after undergoing knee surgery.
For Boston, defensive star Marcus Smart will miss between four and six weeks — at least the first two rounds of the playoffs, if the Celtics survive that long — with a torn oblique muscle. He was injured in the second-to-last game of the season; an otherwise meaningless contest, according to USA Today.
To watch the Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics NBA first-round playoff match, access the streaming video provided by Watch TNT, or download the Watch TNT app to catch a live stream on mobile devices. Watch TNT also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV set-top streaming device, allowing fans to watch the Pacers vs. Celtics showdown on their TV sets.
For fans who want to stream the Boston-Indiana clash for free without cable login credentials, a feed from TNT Overtime will also stream at the above link, or on most mobile devices. TNT Overtime allows fans to choose and switch between any one of four camera angles on the game. Viewers also have the option to watch all four at the same time, arranged in a grid.
Another way to watch the Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics stream free is by signing up for a free trial of an “over the top” streaming TV package, such as DirecTV Now, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. Those services require credit card information and subscription fees — but each offers a seven-day free trial, which means that during the weeklong period, fans can watch the Pacers vs. Celtics game (and many other NBA playoff games) for free.
To watch the Pacers/Celtics match in the United Kingdom, viewers can tune into Sky Sports Arena, which will broadcast the game. For a complete list of broadcast and live streaming sources in dozens of other countries around the globe, see the listings at NBA.com.