The NBA betting slate features a clash between the Clippers and Celtics on Saturday night with Boston a consensus favorite at 7.5 points.
The Clips have struggled, but not at hhome where they are 9-1 SU past 10. But can they continue that run without Baron Davis running the show?
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Clippers, currently No. 19 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Celtics, who rate No. 6 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 104-94 victory for the Celtics.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 19-ranked offense (98.3 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 1 at 91.1 PPG. The Clippers have averaged 45.4% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (49.3% on average).
Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 90.2 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.
The Celtics were an 89-75 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 4.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (164) made winners of UNDER bettors. Boston got 17 points from Paul Pierce but lost anyway 89-75 against the Nuggets on Thursday at Pepsi Center.
Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 108-95 result against the Lakers on February 25. The Clippers failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point underdog, while the 203 combined points took the game OVER the total. Randy Foye scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Clippers to victory (they lost 108-95 to Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Friday).
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 8-2
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
Los Angeles Clippers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Sacramento are 4-6
After playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7
A few Celtics at Clippers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing Boston
LA Clippers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Clippers last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Boston at Utah, Monday, February 28
LA Clippers at Sacramento, Monday, February 28