Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are 10-point home favorites over the Los Angeles Clippers this evening.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 193.
The Boston Celtics are 46-15 overall and 30-31 against the spread.Â They have won five straight games despite only covering in two of the last five. The Celtics made a bold trade on February 24th when they traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. Perkins was very popular in the locker room and the team came out flat in Denver right after the trade was announced, losing 89-75 as 4-point favorites. Losing Perkins is still a sore spot for some players, but veterans like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen know this could be their last title shot and dont want to blow the chance. Boston currently holds the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference; 2.5 games ahead of the Chicago Bulls. The newcomers are playing a big role. Krstic is the starting center with Shaquille and Jermaine ONeal both sidelined with injuries. Green is proving to be a valuable sixth man and hes settled in the last two games, while averaging 16 points per game in the last two.Â Â Â The Celtics have not played since Sunday when they won at Milwaukee 89-83 as 7-pont favorites.Â The game went der the 181-point total.Â The er was 4-0 in Bostons previous four games.
The Los Angeles Clippers are 24-40 overall and 32-32 against the spread.Â In the month of March the Clippers are 3-0 both overall and against the spread. The winning streak started with home games against Houston and Denver.Â The Clippers last game was Monday night at Charlotte, where they won 82-87 as 1-point underdogs. The 179 combined points scored against Charlotte went der the 188-point total. The der is 4-0 in L.A.s last four games and 7-1 in its last eight road games.
Boston beat the Clippers on February 24th in LA 99-92, but failed to cover the 8-point spread on the road.Â I feel we will have the same kind of result today.Â I believe Boston will win but it will be a tight game and the Celtics will not be able to cover the 10-point spread.Â I am taking the Clippers plus the 10 points in this matchup.
Los Angeles Clippers +10 Boston Celtics