Clippers vs Celtics Pick: The LA Clippers (24-12, third in the West) will travel to Boston to take on the Celtics (17-17 sixth in the East) at TD Garden. Boston came out winners in their last game against the Wizards even though Bradley Beal dropped 46 points and Russell Westbrook put up a double-double.
The Clippers are coming off a tight 5-point loss to Giannis Antetokuonmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Clippers have needed to rely on Kawhi Leonard who is averaging 26.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.
Paul George has struggled shooting from beyond the arc. He has only made 4 of his 19 attempts in his last three games. Paul George is going to have to get his shot together for this game as the Celtics offense has picked up in the last couple of games.
The Clippers are 12-6 on the road and are leading the NBA in 3-point shooting with 41.6% as a team. Marcus Morris leads the team going 46.3% from deep.
In the last 10 games, the Clippers are 6-4 averaging 114.6 points, 45 rebounds, 24.5 assists, 6.1 steals, 4.2 blocks per game, and shooting 46.0%. Their opponents average 112.1 points while shooting 45.7%.
Kawhi Leonard has averaged very well against the Celtics. He averages 28.0 points, 5.0 with a field goal percentage of 42.1%.
Paul George has been averaging 23.4 points, 5.5 assists and a field goal percentage of 50.1% which are promising stats for George despite him slowing down in his last couple of games.
This season the Clippers have a 10-1 win/loss record and an 8-3 record against the spread coming off a loss.
Projected Line up
The potential starting five for the Clippers will be Patrick Beverley (G), Paul George (G), Kawhi Leonard (F), Nicolas Batum (F), and Serge Ibaka (C).
The Celtics have a big boost of morale after their win against the Wizards and were able to earn that win without the help of Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.
Smart’s absence has impacted the defense negatively and the Celtics need their offense to be on good form.
Kemba Walker stepped up and produced 21.0 points and 8.0 assists and Tatum dropped 31.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.
Jayson Tatum will be a key player in this game as he led the Celtics to a win in their last meeting against the Clippers. Tatum produced 34.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 4.0 steals in the close 119-115 win.
In their last ten games as a team, the Celtics are 4-6 averaging 110.3 points, 44.3 rebounds, 21.3 assists, 7.3 assists, and 5.0 blocks per game. They shot 49.4% from the field and their opponents averaged 11.5 points with a shot percentage of 47.5%.
At home, the Celtics are 10-5 against the spread and as a win/loss record for a coverage percentage of 66.7%.
The potential starting 5 are Kemba Walker (G), Jaylen Brown (G), Jayson Tatum (F), Tristan Thompson (F), and Daniel Theis (C).
The Clippers have struggled recently and Paul George has not been able to find his shot. The Celtics are on a 2 game win streak and are looking to keep it going. The Clippers are favored with the spread being -2.5. The over/under is 224.4.
This is going to be an exciting high scoring game and I would put my money on the Clippers due to their trends and Celtics injuries.
The last time these two teams met they beat the over (119) by 15 points so expect to see something like that again.