The Boston Celtics (21-6) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (17-11) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Clippers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kings. Tip-off is set for 3:30 ET.
Celtics vs Clippers
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
Jaylen Brown scored 28 for Boston against the Kings which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 55.4%. Derrick White also contributed 28 points as the Celtics won by a score of 144-119 vs. the Kings.
Coming into today’s game, the Celtics are 21-6 overall and have gone 8-2 in their last ten games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 1st place and are also in 1st in the Atlantic division.
Boston’s ATS record sits below .500 (12-13). As the favorite this season, Boston is 10-13 vs. the spread while going 2-0 as the underdog.
The Clippers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the Clippers’ most recent game against the Thunder, James Harden led the Clippers with 23 points while going 7/18 from the field. While Paul George was 2nd on the team with 22 points, Los Angeles fell short in the game with a final score of 134-115.
Across their last three games, the Clippers are 2-1 and are 17-11 overall this season. When playing on the road, the Clippers are 6-8 compared to 11-3 at home.
Against the spread, Los Angeles is .500 so far this season with a mark of 14-14 ATS. In their last two games as underdogs, the Clippers have faced ATS losses, and they have a 13-9 record against the spread as favorites.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
The Celtics arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 118.9 points per game (6th). The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 16 made 3’s per game. If the Celtics offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.2 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
The Clippers arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 117 points per game (10th). So far, the Clippers are averaging 97.8 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Even though they have preferred to slow the game down, the Los Angeles offense is the 25th ranked team in made field goals per game.
Celtics Team Defense
Boston’s defense has been playing well, ranking 3 in the NBA with 109.8 points allowed per game.
Opponents are hitting 50.0% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.0% of their three-point attempts.
Clippers Team Defense
In the current season, the Clippers defense has excelled, sitting 8 in the NBA by allowing 111.5 points per game.
The Los Angeles defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 45.7% of their field goal attempts vs. Los Angeles.
Key Players For The Celtics And Clippers
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Jaylen Brown as the primary point contributor for the Celtics, finishing with 19 points while maintaining a 8/16 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.7 points per game, along with 4.8 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kawhi Leonard as the leading scorer for the Clippers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 19 while also collecting 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 52.1% and is averaging 24.4 points per contest.
Celtics vs Clippers Trends
- Through their last three road games, Boston has an ATS record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 127 points per game.
- Across their last three home contests, Los Angeles has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 128 points per game.
- The last three games that Los Angeles was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 0-3 straight up.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Boston has an ATS mark of 5-4-1 while going 8-2 straight up.
Coming in as the underdogs at +1, we have the Clippers as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 231.5 and given that our model is projecting 219 points between the teams, we like the under.
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