Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 12 (12/12): NBA

Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 12 (12/12): NBA

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Celtics money line -225
Celtics spread -5.5 (-110)
Clippers money line +185
Clippers spread +5.5 (-110)
Over / under 213

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Boston Celtics Los Angeles Clippers
Record 11-14 14-12
Home / road record 8-5 7-6
Streak L1 L1
Points per game 108.78 107.00
Points allowed per game 110.00 108.00
Rebounds per game 41.00 43.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.00 43.00
Over / under record 12-12-1 9-17
 

Preview

The Boston Celtics continue at home and will host the Los Angeles Clippers at the FTX Arena on Thursday night. These teams faced each other twice last season and they tied 1-1. 

 

Boston Celtics

The Celtics get here with a 14-4 record overall and are 7-1 at home ranking 1st in the Atlantic division. In their last game at home, they beat the Mavericks 125-112. Tatum had 37 points and 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 31.

Jayson Tatum leads the team with 30.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Celtics while Marcus Smart is averaging 7.1 assists per game.

In their last 10 games, the Celtics are 9-1, averaging 121.9 points, 43.0 rebounds, 29.2 assists, 7.3 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 52.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.3 points.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers get here with a 14-12 record overall and are 7-6 on the road ranking 3rd in the Pacific Division. In their last game, they lost 116-111 agaist the Magic on the road. Terrance Mann came off the bench to lead the Clippers with 19 points. Nicolas Batum scored 16 points and center Ivica Zubac had 16 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with seven seconds left in overtime.

Paul George is averaging 23.6 points, six rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals for the Clippers. Marcus Morris is averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

In their last 10 games the Clippers are 5-5, averaging 112 points, 40.6 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 7.3 steals and 6.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.6 points per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

LA Clippers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against Boston.

LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against Boston.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers' last 5 games on the road.

LA Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 6 games against LA Clippers.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games at home.

Boston are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Clippers.

 

Prediction

The Celtics have lost 6 of their last 10 games as they have been dealing with injuries but they are getting back all of their players. The Clippers will be playing on b2b games and they're coming from a tough loss against one of the worst teams in the league even with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George back with the team. I'd wait until the injury report is updated to pull the trigger on this one as both teams have some key players questionable but I'm rolling with the home team.

PICK: Celtics -5.5 (-110)

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