Free NBA Hoops Pick: Celtics vs. Clippers Lines
Looking for Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Clippers free plays? NBA betting sees the Celtics taking on the Clippers on Monday March 28, 2016 at the STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(43-30) Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Clippers (45-27)
Date: Monday March 28
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -3
NBA Betting Total: 209
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Both of these teams have gotten over some recent struggles to get back on the winning track. The Clippers have won their last 2 games and the Celtics have won 4 in a row.
While Boston has won 4 straight only 1 win came against a team with a winning record. With their slide in the last few weeks they are now in the 4th spot in the East only ? game up on the Miami Heat.
The Clippers will be getting Blake Griffin back soon, as he has resumed basketball activities and is in the midst of serving hi 4-game suspension.
It looks as if the Clippers are, pretty much, locked into the 4th spot in the West, as they trail 3rd place Oklahoma City by 4.5 games and lead 5th place Memphis by 4.5 games.
In their last games the Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 105-90 and the Celtics beat the Phoenix Suns 102-99.
Which Celtics team will show up in this game? The one that was more than impressive against a legit Raptors squad winning 91-79 or the one that squeaked by in their last game with a 3-point win over a Suns team that is 33 games under .500?
Isaiah Thomas, who scored 28 point in the win over the Suns, and Avery Bradley, who are both guards, are the leading scorer for the Celtics. Boston did not have a good FG% for the game, but they were solid on the boards and they did force 20 turnovers. However, they also committed 19 turnovers and they cannot do that facing the run-and-gun Clippers.
The Celtics do not have a great team in the paint and the big guys of Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk have to body up on Clippers’ C DeAndre Jordan, who ranks 2nd in the league in rebounds per game. Jordan scored 16 points, grabbed 16 boards, and, and had 5 blocks in the win over the Nuggets.
The Celtics rank 5th in the league in scoring and 13th in opponents’ points per game.
The Celtics are 17-18 on the road this season and they have won their last 2 games away from Boston.
The Clippers are a balanced team that ranks 7th in the league in scoring and 10th in opponents’ points per game.
With their win over the Nuggets in their last game the Clippers qualified for the playoffs.
The guard play will be key on offense for the Celtics, but their D on the perimeter is also key facing Chris Paul, J.J. Reddick, and Jamaal Crawford, who can all light it up from deep.
Earlier this season in a shootout in Boston the Celtics beat the Clippers 139-134 in OT.
The Clippers are 24-12 on the season at home and they have won 4 of their last 5 games in their house including their last 2.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Celtics have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
- Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Clippers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Celtics have an Under record of 21-9 in their last 30 games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Clippers NBA Prediction:
The Celtics are riding a 4-game winning streak, but on the road facing a Clippers’ team that has won 2 in a row they will not fare well.
While the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games between these 2 teams that trend will not continue tonight in La La Land, as the Clip Joint will win and cover the spread giving 3 points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -3
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 107 – Celtics 99
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