Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics
The Los Angeles Clippers look to turn things around with a visit from the Boston Celtics. The Clippers are -5.5 point favorites over the Celtics with an over/under point total set at 185.
Returning from a lengthy road trip, the Clippers opened their six game home stand with a disappointing 97-93 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, which was their third loss in their last four outings. Los Angeles now sits at 23-16 overall and no longer has hold of the Pacific Division, trailing the cross-town rival Lakers by one game. Meanwhile, the Celtics struggles continued on the road on Sunday as they started of their eight game road trip with a tough fought 97-94 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers to drop to 5-11 away from home.
Head to head, the Celtics are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, while the underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. loss, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Celtics on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, but just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games.
While the Celtics played the Lakers down to the wire yesterday, I don’t have nearly as much faith in them tonight because of their horrid record in back to backs. It’s no secret that Boston is an aging team, which explains why their record is so poor, having covered in just 6 of their last 26 games playing on zero days rest, while the Clippers have covered in six of their last eight in the same situation. In other trends, the Celtics have been beyond bad on the road against good home teams, while the Clippers have been poor as home favorites, so something has to give tonight. I would go with the Clippers, simply because they both played last night.
Los Angeles Clippers -5.5 Boston Celtics