The Boston Celtics (37-16) can prolong a six-game home winning streak when they clash with the Los Angeles Clippers (37-17) at TD Garden. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and it can be seen on TNT.
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The last time the Clippers played, they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 110-103, despite being 2-point favorites. With 30 points on 12-for-23 shooting, Kawhi Leonard was the top scorer from either team. Philadelphia held the Clippers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.4 (below their season average of 24.3). Los Angeles, on the other hand, was lights out from beyond the arc (14-31; 45.2 percent). The two teams combined to score 213 points, which finished under the O/U total of 224.5.
The Celtics failed to cover as 2-point underdogs in their 116-105 loss to the Houston Rockets in their last matchup. Gordon Hayward was Boston’s leading scorer with 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Houston did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (37-42; 88.1 percent). Boston, on the other hand, held the Rockets to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.6 (below their season average of 22.9). The two teams combined to record 221 points, which finished under the O/U total of 232.
Los Angeles could have a tough time creating turnovers. Boston ranks ninth in the NBA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.0 percent), while Los Angeles forces the 19th-most turnovers (13.4 percent). Also, the Clippers rank fourth in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.226), while the Celtics rank 21st in opponents’ FTA rate (0.211).
Of Los Angeles’ 54 games, 30 have finished under the projected point total, while 28 of Boston’s 53 games have finished under the projected point total. Both teams have respectable straight up (SU) records (37-17 for Los Angeles; 37-16 for Boston), but the Celtics have the edge against the spread (ATS). Boston is 31-21-1 ATS, while the Clippers are 28-25-1.
These two teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to put up 211 points, which was under the projected point total of 218.5. The Clippers won 107-104, but were unable to cover as 8-point favorites. Los Angeles did a terrific job of making free throws (12-16; 75.0 percent). Boston, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (13.4 vs. 18.7). Patrick Beverley recorded a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Clippers vs. Celtics Betting Prediction
NBA Tip: SU Winner – Clippers, ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Under
Los Angeles ranks 12th in blocks per game (5.1) while Boston ranks 23rd in blocks allowed per game (5.4).
Boston ranks seventh in points off turnovers per game (18.1) while Los Angeles ranks 13th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.6).
The Celtics rank fourth in assists allowed per game (22.5) while the Clippers rank 10th (23.8).
Boston is 16-11 ATS at home, while Los Angeles is 13-14 ATS on the road.
Boston is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its past five games, Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Celtics’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.8, down from 6.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 117.4 points per game (1.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 112.0 points per game (2.3 above their season average).