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Pierce Set to Make Final Stop at TD Garden

The NBA knows that the NFL owns Super Bowl Sunday, so there are only three hoops games on tap today. The best of the bunch is the Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Clippers matchup in Beantown tonight, and sports bettors can find plenty of interesting angles in that one.

Shark Bites
  • The Clippers are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games on the road.
  • The Celtics are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games at home.
  • The visiting team is 1-4 SU in its last five games in this matchup.

Celtics legend Paul Pierce will make his final regular season visit to Boston, where the future Hall of Famer played 15 seasons - 10 as an All-Star - while helping the Celtics win their 17th NBA title in 2008. The sharpshooter is the franchise’s second-leading scorer behind John Havlicek.

Pierce hasn’t played over the Clippers’ last 14 games, during which they’ve gone 9-5 SU to make up for a six-game losing streak that occurred during the holidays. Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is on absolute fire right now, as the 27-year-old is averaging 29.9 points per game. Thomas is averaging 36.5 points during the Celtics’ season-high six-game winning streak.

Just how good of an OVER bet have the Celtics been lately? Boston has gone above the closing total in 18 of their last 22 tilts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Boston Celtics opened as -6-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 222.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 124-105 victory for the Celtics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Celtics sit at 32-18 (27-22-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Los Angeles Clippers are currently 31-19 (24-26 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Boston is 27-22-1 OU and Los Angeles is 28-22 OU. This season the Boston Celtics are 32-18 overall and 27-22-1 ATS against the number, while the Los Angeles Clippers are 31-19 and 24-26 ATS. As for the totals, Boston is 27-22-1 on the OU, and Los Angeles is 28-22. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Boston Celtics rated this week at No. 3 and the Los Angeles Clippers sitting at No. 24.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Boston's No. 7-ranked offense (108.34 PPG) against a Los Angeles Clippers defense that ranks No. 10 at 104.66 PPG. The Boston Celtics have averaged 45.45% from the field per game, less than the Los Angeles Clippers have managed so far this NBA season (46.93% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Clippers got a terrific 31-point performance from Blake Griffin but Golden State handed them a 133-120 defeat on Thursday at STAPLES Center.

Boston got 38 points from Isaiah Thomas en route to a 113-107 victory over Los Angeles on Friday at TD Garden.

Betting Trends
  • LA Clippers is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • LA Clippers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers's last 5 games
  • LA Clippers is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Boston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 18 of Boston's last 23 games
  • Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Toronto, Monday, February 6th
Boston at Sacramento, Wednesday, February 8th