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NBA Betting – Saturday Picks – Boston Celtics vs LA Clippers

Before nba betting fans turn their attention to more sports betting events this weekend, we have the NBA doubleheader on Thursday night. It’s time for our weekly hoops picks for NBA gambling action.

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CELTICS vs. CLIPPERS
Time: Saturday 10:30 p.m. EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Spread: Celtics -7.5
Over/Under: 188.5
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        With the mafia and pro sports, it always comes down to business, and Kendrick Perkins basically wrote his ticket out of Boston when he made his own business decision a few months back, saying no thanks to a 4-year, $22-million contract offer from the Celtics. A few days ago Celtics President Danny Ainge played his trump card, declining to ride out Perkins and then dish out perhaps twice that this summer to a limited-ability center with two bad knees. Perkins can now talk contract with Oklahoma City this summer.

        So the Boston team which figured to make life miserable for just about everyone in the playoffs come mid-April takes the court tonight in Los Angeles with a different feel. Forget the loss at Denver a few nights ago. The Celtics team that is going forward will be Shaq-dependent and show a completely rebuilt 8- or 9-man rotation that will also include Jeff Green, Nenard Krstic and – everyone forgets this – a hopefully healthy Delonte West seeing time at both the 1 and the 2.

        Ainge has taken a huge gamble with the present to start to assemble some building blocks for the future and make sure that what happened to the franchise when the old Big Three (Bird, Parish, McHale) headed off into the sunset (namely two decades of mediocrity) doesn’t repeat itself when Pierce, Garnett and Allen walk out the door in a year or two. Online Sports Betting at Sportsbook

        The trade of Perkins and back-of-the-rotation guard Nate Robinson is getting killed nationally, and the loss in Denver didn’t help sell it in Boston, even though Green and Krstic didn’t play against the Nuggets. But the overlooked companion trade (Luke Harangody and Semih Erden to Cleveland for nothing) opened up a few roster spots, and the Celts will almost assuredly add another big to a front line that has been, if not decimated, then seriously weakened.

NBA Trends:

Under is 18-7-1 in BOS last 26 vs. NBA Pacific.
Under is 7-3 in BOS last 10 road games.
LAC are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic.
LAC are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Under is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.

        BEST BET: If the Celts are getting hammered for letting Perkins go, the Clippers are getting pats on the back after unloading pork chop Baron Davis and his salary to Cleveland. Mo Williams and Jamario Moon are OK, but the key was getting Davis off the books.

He never bought in to what the Clippers were trying to do anyway, and now that he’s gone LA can build around Eric Gordon and the high-flying Blake Griffin. Liking LA and the points tonight at +7.5.      

 Lawrence Paul is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog, and is a free-lance gambling expert from Massachusetts.

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Lawrence Paul is back in the saddle as a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog. He's got an AMAZING knack for predicting when a team will have a letdown! Stick with our resident gambling experts sports betting tips all season long!


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