Clippers vs. Celtics Prediction
Can the Boston Celtics pick up an important win at home tonight when they play host to the Los Angeles Clippers in a big matchup at 8PM ET?
523 Los Angeles Clippers vs. 524 Boston Celtics
Thursday, February 13, 2020
8PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Celtics are the slight favorite at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Clippers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 227 points. The public betting currently has 52 percent going on Los Angeles as the home underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Clippers struggling on the road
Los Angeles is wrapping up a four-game East Coast road trip tonight where the Clippers are just 1-2 so far on the trip. Los Angeles is 37-17 on the season, 15-12 on the road, 29-25 against the spread and 28-25-1 with the under.
The Clippers are putting up 115.6 points per game on offense this season while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Defensively, Los Angeles is giving up 109.7 points per game, while opponents shoot 43.7 percent from the field. The Clippers remain without one of their top defensive players in Patrick Beverley, who is out with a groin injury. Kawhi Leonard is leading the team with 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Paul George is adding 22.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
Celtics end win streak
Boston saw its seven-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday with a 116-105 loss at Houston. The Celtics have failed to cover in three straight. Boston is now 37-16 on the season, 22-5 at home, 31-20-2 against the spread and 30-23 with the under.
The Celtics are giving up just 105.7 points per game while opponents shoot 44.2 percent from the field. Offensively, Boston is putting up 112.6 points per game this season, while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Jayson Tatum is leading the Celtics with 22.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Kemba Walker is adding 21.8 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, while Jaylen Brown puts up 20.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Clippers are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games following a failed cover and 24-7 ATS in their last 31 games following a loss.
The Celtics are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss.
These two met back in November, with the Clippers grabbing a 107-104 OT win at home over the Celtics as a 7-point favorite. Boston is coming off a loss at Houston, but I think they can bounce back at home tonight against a Clippers team that is already without a big defensive piece and not a great defense as is. The Clippers do have good depth, but I like the Celtics backcourt to really shine at home and lead them to the win and cover. Los Angeles has had some lackluster road games and with the break right behind them, I think they will struggle to find the juice to outplay the Celtics in Boston tonight.
NBA Prediction: Boston Celtics -1.5