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(31-19) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics (32-18)
Date: Sunday February 05
Time: 2:00PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 222
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This game features two of the top teams in the NBA as the Clippers travel to the East Coast to face the Celtics.
The Clippers have lost 4 of their last 5, culminated by a 13 point loss to the Warriors. Boston is red hot and have won 6 in a row.
The teams split the head to head series last season so this should be a good contest.
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles is slumping, largely in part due to the injury of All NBA talent Chris Paul, and they may be outmatched in this one.
With Chris Paul hurt Blake Griffin becomes the key to a strong push towards the playoffs. In the tough loss to Golden State he had 31 points on 10-19 from the floor (11-13 from the charity stripe), and also grabbed 8 rebounds.
He should continue his hot scoring streak against the Celtics front line, as I don’t see Al Horford being able to keep up with Griffin on the pick and roll situations. Expect 30 points and 7 rebounds from the talented big man.
DeAndre Jordan has really turned things up on the offensive end of the floor recently, but against the Warriors he could not keep up with their small “Death Lineup”. Jordan played just 25 minutes and only scored 9 points with 7 rebounds on the night.
This could be a strategy that Boston tries to employ, with a smaller lineup to keep the slow footed Jordan off the floor. Expect a dominant defensive effort from Jordan in the paint, but it won’t surprise me if he only plays about 25 minutes again.
Austin Rivers has been a pleasant surprise for the Clippers this season. Assuming the backup point guard role Rivers has become a key second unit contributor. While the Clippers have dealt with Chris Paul’s injury Rivers has scored 10+ in 9 straight games.
He has also protected the ball as he has turned the ball over 3+ times in only 2 of those 9 games. Facing off against Isaiah Thomas will be a very tough task, so I don’t expect huge numbers from Rivers in this one.
Boston is on fire right now, and are making a strong case as the second best team in the Eastern Conference.
Isaiah Thomas continues to score like a man possessed. After dropping 44 points on the Raptors Wednesday night, he followed that up with a 38 point effort in the win against the Lakers. He has kept up his efficient scoring too, shooting 13-24 from the floor and 5-11 from behind the arc.
Facing off against Austin Rivers means a much easier task on the offensive side of the ball for Thomas, and I expect him to get 35 points and 5 assists in the contest.
Al Horford had a great all around game against the Lakers on Friday night. He scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists in the 6 point win. He was able to keep the lakers defense guessing all night, and held Timofey Mozgov to just 4 points on the night.
He will have a rough game going up against DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin so don’t expect big numbers from the former All Star.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games.
- Clippers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Celtics are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Celtics are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Sunday games
- Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston
- Clippers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Boston
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Without Chris Paul I don’t see any way the Clippers slow down Isaiah Thomas.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 111 – Los Angeles 101
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