At 7:00 ET, the Clippers will take on the Celtics in a non-conference matchup. The Celtics are favored by 7 points and have won 3 straight games. The Clippers, who are 3rd in the Western Conference with a record of 29-14, have won 4 straight games.
The over/under line for this game is currently set at 234 points. The Clippers are +223 on the moneyline while the Celtics are -280. NBCS will broadcast this game from TD Garden in Boston.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS VS BOSTON CELTICS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Clippers +7
This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 119-116 in favor of the Clippers.
- Our projections have Kawhi Leonard finishing with Kawhi Leonard points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
- From the field, we have the Clippers finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.3% and knocking down 14 threes.
Does Los Angeles Have What it Takes on the Road?
Today, the Clippers are 0-8 as the underdog this season and have lost 8 straight games against the spread as the underdog. As the underdog, their scoring margin is -13.2 points per game.
In Western Conference play, the Clippers are 21-11, which has them in 3rd place. Overall, they are 29-14 and are in 1st place in the Pacific Division.
Los Angeles’ ATS record for the season is 24-19, and they have covered the spread in their last four games. On the road, they are 10-10 ATS, compared to 14-9 ATS at home.
The Clippers’ O/U record for the season is 20-23, and their games have averaged 230.3 points per game. Today’s line of 234 is slightly higher than their season average of 229.9.
In their last game, the Clippers defeated the Raptors by a score of 127-107. They were favored by 8 points going into the game and have now won four straight games.
Heading into the game, the Clippers are 9th in the NBA in scoring at 118.2 points per game. However, they have been slightly better on the road, averaging 117.6 points compared to 118.7 at home.
When it comes to pace, the Clippers are 26th in the league at 97.2 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 5th in the NBA at 49%.
One area where the Clippers have excelled is three-point shooting. They are currently 1st in the league in three-point shooting percentage at 39%. In terms of three-point attempts, they are 19th in the NBA.
This season, the Clippers’ defense is the 8th ranked defense in the NBA at 8th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 62.8% of their games. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Clippers are forcing 12.3 per game, which is 9th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 16th in blocked shots at 5.3 per game.
Can the Celtics Pull Off a Home Win?
The Celtics have a record of 35-10 this season, which is the best in the Eastern Conference. In their last game, they defeated the Heat by a score of 143-110. The combined scoring total in that game was 253 points.
Boston has won three straight games and is favored by 7 points in today’s game vs. the Clippers. As the favorite, the Celtics have gone 33-9 this season, and they are 20-20 against the spread as the favorite.
This year, the Celtics have been favored in 42 of their 45 games, and their average scoring margin as the favorite is +10.9 points per game. Against the spread, they are 22-21 overall and have covered in their last two games.
The average over/under line in Boston’s games this season is 230.8, and their games have averaged 231.4 points per game. This year, their O/U record is 23-22.
When playing at home, the Celtics have been one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 122.9 points per game (5th). Overall, they are 4th in the league in scoring at 120.8 points per game. In terms of pace, Boston is 18th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game.
One of the Celtics’ biggest strengths this season has been their three-point shooting. They lead the league in three-point makes per game at 16.3 and are 4th in three-point shooting percentage at 38%. In terms of field goal percentage, Boston is 11th in the NBA at 47%.
When looking at their scoring compared to the NBA average, the Celtics have outscored the league’s average in 71.1% of their games this season. In terms of free throw attempts, Boston is 16th in the league at 22.6 per game.
In the current season, the Celtics defense has excelled, sitting 4th in the NBA by allowing 110.6 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Celtics’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.0% and allowing 34.8% from beyond the arc.