Clippers vs. Celtics NBA Prediction
GAME INFO: Boston (14-13 SU, 10-15-2 ATS, 15-11-1 O/U) has a day off after beating Brooklyn, 93-76 on Christmas Day, getting 2.5. The Celtics have won two of three, but that's nothing compared with the Clippers, who have won 14 straight. The Clippers (22-6 SU, 18-10 ATS, 15-13 O/U) beat Denver on Dec. 25, 112-100, giving 6.5. Their last close game took place on Dec. 12, when they defeated Charlotte, 100-94, giving 8. The Celtics visit the Staples Center in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers at 10:35pmET.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Clippers opened as a 9-point favorite and moved to 8.5 in most books. The total opened at 189 and moved to 190 in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 73% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Clippers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Los Angeles. According to latest NBA trends, Boston is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Pacific, 4-15-2 ATS in their last 21 games following a S.U. win, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. L.A. Clippers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 6-1 ATS last 7 vs. Boston, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a SU win of more than 10 points, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. win.
The Los Angeles Clippers will look to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games on Thursday when they host Boston six contests overall. Boston concludes its trek with games at Golden State and Sacramento on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Clippers' best off-season move was to sign sixth-man Jamal Crawford, who scored a team-high 22 points in Tuesday's victory. It marked the 12th time this season he has contributed 20 or more points off the bench. Forward Matt Barnes scored in double figures for the eighth straight game, pouring in 20 off the bench. Los Angeles is 16-0 when Barnes comes off the bench and reaches double digits. The Clippers scored a season-high 42 points in the second quarter against Denver. Their previous high for points in a quarter was 35. The Clippers' 64 points from their reserves marked the most since scoring 78 in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 30, 2000. Boston's win over Brooklyn on Dec. 25 ended a five-game road losing streak. That streak will continue return tonight.
2012 NBA FREE PICK: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS -8.5