The Los Angeles Clippers (29-14) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (35-10) on Saturday, January 27th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Clippers vs Celtics
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Clippers bested the Raptors with a score of 127-107. As the second half got underway, the Clippers were leading by a score of 66-52.
Heading into today’s matchup vs. the Celtics, the Clippers are above .500 at 29-14. At home, the Clippers are 19-4 compared to 10-10 on the road.
The Clippers have covered the spread successfully in their previous four games and maintain an overall ATS record of 24-19. In their last three home games, Los Angeles has successfully covered the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 14-9 at home compared to 10-10 on the road.
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
The Celtics beat the Heat in their most recent game, ending with a score of 143-110. Not only did the Celtics win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -8 point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 225 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
Heading into today’s game, the Celtics have an overall record of 35-10 and are looking to extend their three game winning streak. In addition to being 1st in the Eastern Conference, they are also leading the Atlantic division.
Boston is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 22-21. The Celtics maintain an ATS record of 10-13 on the road, while they have a 12-8 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
The Clippers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 118.2 points per game (9th).
The Clippers’ offense has been one of the most efficient units in the NBA this season, ranking 5th in field goal percentage and 4th in true shooting percentage. They are also the league’s top three-point shooting team, hitting 39% of their attempts from beyond the arc.
So far, the Clippers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 58.1% of their games this season. In terms of scoring, they are 9th in the league at 118.2 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 117.6 points per game.
Coming into this game, the Clippers have made an average of 13.2 three-pointers per game, which is 13th in the NBA. In terms of pace, they are 26th in the league at 97.2 possessions per game.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
The Boston offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 4th ranked offense at 120.8 points per game.
Heading into tonight’s game, the Celtics are one of the top-scoring teams in the league, averaging 120.8 points per game (4th). At home, they are averaging 122.9 points per game (5th).
In terms of pace, Boston is 18th in the NBA at 98.6 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, the Celtics are 11th in the league at 47%.
One area where the Celtics have excelled is three-point shooting. They lead the NBA in three-pointers made per game at 16.3. Overall, they are shooting 38% from beyond the arc.
Clippers Team Defense
The Clippers’ defense is presently ranked 8th in the league, allowing an average of 112.0 points per contest. The Los Angeles defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.6% of their field goal attempts vs. Los Angeles.
Celtics Team Defense
So far, the Celtics’ defense is ranked 4th in the league at 110.6 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Celtics are causing 12 turnovers per game, ranking 7th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 2nd in rejections, averaging 6.4 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Clippers And Celtics
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Kawhi Leonard will be the primary scorer for the Clippers, with 23 points and going 8/16 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 23.5 points per game, along with 6.2 rebounds.
On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 26 and grabbing 8 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.8% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 27 points per game.
Clippers vs Celtics Trends
- Across their last five road contests, Los Angeles has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 114 points per game.
- Across their last three home contests, Boston has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 3-0, while averaging 126 points per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Clippers have an ATS mark of just 1-4 in their last five games. Los Angeles posted a straight up mark of 0-5 in these matchups.
- As the betting favorite, the Celtics have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 3-0.
Clippers vs Celtics Prediction
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +7, the Clippers is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 234 and our model has the Clippers and Celtics finishing with a combined 235 points. Our pick is to take the over.
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