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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics,
2-14-2018 - Expert Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#715 Los Angeles
Clippers 208
#716 Boston
Celtics -4.5

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8:05pm

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Game Stats

Los Angeles Clippers

29 - 26

30-24
ATS
27-27
O/U
107
PPG
106
OPPG

Boston Celtics

40 - 18

33-22
ATS
28-30
O/U
102
PPG
99
OPPG

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Boston hosts the Los Angeles Clippers at TD Garden on Wednesday night. The Celtics have struggled a bit lately dropping their last two home games. The Clippers have been righting the ship winning four of their last five. Both teams have alternated wins over the last six meetings.

Clippers have no problem dropping the Nets with efficient shooting

Los Angeles continues a very long road trip that will continue after the All-Star break. Before that hits, they’ll have one more game at Boston. Outside of a bad showing at Philadelphia, the road trip has been decent so far. The latest result was a 114-101 victory over Brooklyn on Monday night. They easily covered the 4.5-point spread, and they have alternated results ATS over their last seven games (4-3).

Against the Nets, the Clippers had a 12-point lead after the first quarter and never surrendered the avantage. They mailed in 56.5 percent of their shots through the net, and while they didn’t have frequent attempts at the free throw line, they delivered hitting 12-of-14. Brooklyn couldn’t take advantage of their tremendous passing, delivering 27 assists to just 12 turnovers. DeAndre Jordan (11.4 ppg, 15.1 rpg) had the most complete game featuring 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Celtics see the power of the new Cavaliers first-hand, get crushed

The new-look Cleveland looked awfully good already as they went to Boston and pounded the Celtics by a 121-99 margin. The home team was outscored by 13 points in the second quarter and never recovered from the deficit. They were favored by five points in the contest, but never came close to covering that. The Celtics finished with hitting 40.4 percent of their shots and converted just 10-of-38 from downtown.

Terry Rozier ended up coming off the bench and leading the team with 21 points, but he was still a mediocre 6-for-15 from the field. Jaylen Brown (14.1 ppg) was dreadful in the game, only putting up five points and seven rebounds. He hit just 2-of-9 from the field and missed all five 3-pointers. Marcus Smart (10.1 ppg) remains out with a lacerated hand and has missed the last 10 games. He’s expected to be back by the end of this month.

Trends

Clippers are:

  • 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against teams with a winning SU record
  • 2-6 ATS in their last 8 against Atlantic teams

Celtics are:

  • 4-0 ATS in their last 4 against Western Conference teams
  • 5-2 ATS in their last 7 against Pacific teams

Boston has been outscored by an average of 8.2 points in their last five games. However, the team is too good to remain in this funk and it’s hard to see them drop three in a row at home.

Pick: BOS

Brian Spaen

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