NBA: Los Angeles Clippers - Boston Celtics
- Title : NBA: Los Angeles Clippers - Boston Celtics
Boston enters having lost three of four, is playing its third road game in four nights, will for sure be without its top perimeter defender in Marcus Smart and could be without second-leading scorer Jaylen Brown (26.4 ppg), who is listed as questionable with knee soreness. The C's are 5-7 ATS on the road. The Clippers can certainly cover 4 points regardless and will easy do it.
The Clippers match up very well against the Celtics. They are an elite jump-shooting team playing against a Boston team that has struggled against top talent.
This will be a fun one, with Boston’s duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown going against LA’s duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Those two duos should cancel each other out, which means depth will be key Celtics have been excellent this year, but they’ve done the majority of their damage against teams outside of the top-10.
The battle in the paint between Boston’s Daniel Theis and LA’s Serge Ibaka gives a slight advantage to LA. Kemba Walker is a good complimentary player for Boston, but the loss of Pritchard and Smart means that Boston is without two of its top three ballhandlers.
One of Boston’s biggest issues in those games has been shot selection, and it’s noticeable in their eFG% and expected eFG%, which rank 20th and 28th, respectively. They’ve taken far too many midrange shots, and are only shooting 37.4% from those distances. It’s an incredible inefficient shot and yet they continue to rely on it. I’m taking the Clippers and giving the points to cover -4.
|Prediction||Los Angeles Clippers -4 Line - Including Overtime|
|Start Time||04:00 : 06-Feb-21|