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Clippers visit Celtics in hoops battle

Los Angeles ClippersBoston Celtics
14-8December 11, 2013, 07:30 | TD Garden10-13

The Celtics hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Wednesday as the Clippers pay a visit to TD Garden in NBA betting action.

The Clippers will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 12-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Celtics are 13-10 ATS. Los Angeles is 10-11-1 against the total, while Boston is 9-14 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Celtics as 6.5-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 196 earlier at GTbets.eu.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 15-rated Celtics and the No. 4-rated Clippers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 95-91 win for the Clippers on Wednesday.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 94-83 winner as they battled the 76ers on the road. The Clippers covered in the match as a 9.5-point favorite, while 177 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Blake Griffin scored 26 points for Los Angeles on Monday, leading the Clippers to a 94-83 victory over Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center.

The Celtics were a 104-96 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nets. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (200) made winners of OVER bettors. Boston suffered a 104-96 loss against Brooklyn on Tuesday, getting 22 points from Avery Bradley in a losing effort at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 95.26 PPG, against a Clippers defense that ranks No. 15 at 99.64 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 45.34% so far, less than the Clippers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.49% per game.

Next up:
Los Angeles at New Jersey, Thursday, December 12th
Boston home to New York, Friday, December 13th