NBA Preview and Free Pick: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Playoff races across the NBA are intensifying, and a meeting of two current seeds in their respective
conferences tip off in one of this evening’s featured contests. The Boston Celtics have been faring
quite well in their recent California swing, and they’ll be looking to keep the good times rolling when
they visit a hot Los Angeles Clippers squad.
Date/Time/TV: Mon. March 11, 10:30 PM EST, NBATV
Spread: Boston Celtics -1 (-110)
Boston was last in action on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Lakers. They picked up a 120-107
victory. That win was the team’s third in a row, all of which have come on the road. For the year, the
Celtics are 41-26 (33-32-2 ATS). They’re in 5th place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind
the 4th place Indiana Pacers.
The Clippers enter tonight’s contest having won their last four in a row. On Friday, the team
welcomed the Oklahoma City Thunder to town and walked off the court with a 118-110 win. The
Clippers check in at 38-29 (39-28 ATS) for the year. They currently hold down 8th place in the
Western Conference, four games in front of the 9th place Sacramento Kings.
Prior to the current winning streak, the Celtics hit a rough patch in which they dropped five of six.
Over the last 10, the team is 5-5 (5-4-1 ATS). The recent run of success on the road has pushed them
over .500 on the year to a record of 17-16 (14-18-1 ATS) in away games.
Team totals have been Under for six of the last seven and stand at 36-31 on the year. Kyrie Irving
leads the way on offense. He’s averaging 23.5 ppg and 6.9 dimes. Jayson Tatum is next up with 16.1
ppg, but he’s questionable tonight with a shoulder injury. Al Horford chips in with 13.1 ppg and 6.8
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have been playing really well of late with a mark of 7-3 (8-2 ATS) over their last 10
outings. In addition to winning four in a row overall, the club is also riding a four-game home
winning streak. The team has been solid at home to date with a record of 19-12 (18-13 ATS).
Totals check in at 34-32-1 for the year with the Under coming in for four of the last five. Lou
Williams leads the way in scoring. He’s averaging 20.2 ppg and 5.4 apg. Danilo Gallinari adds in
19.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while Montrezl Harrell contributes 16.1 ppg and 6.6 boards.
Celtics vs. Clippers Prediction
These two clubs faced off last month on Boston’s home floor. The Clippers picked up a 123-112
victory as 11.5-point underdogs. Los Angeles holds a sizable 7-3 edge over the last 10 meetings of
these two teams. Totals are 6-3-1 over that span.
The Celtics are 1-point favorites for tonight’s game. They’re the better team overall and seem to have
worked the recent kinks out. We like them pick up the victory to extend their West Coast winning
Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick: Boston Celtics -1 (-110)