Two teams sitting on opposite sides of their respective conference playoff spots are clashing today, when the Boston Celtics (40-18), who are struggling the past week and have fallen off the top of the East, are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (29-26), who are just half a win away from the 8th and final playoff spot of the West. Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-14-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -5
Celtics have a 40-18 record (34-22-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Cavaliers with a 99-121 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 24.8 ppg, adding 5 assists per game. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 14.2 ppg and 5.4 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 13.3 ppg and team highs both in rebounding with 7.8 and in assists made, with 5.2 per game.
Clippers have a 29-26 record (29-24-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the West. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Nets with a 114-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring Lou Williams with 23.3 ppg, adding 5.3 assists per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 18 ppg and 6.2 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari adds 15.8 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Celtics won on the road with a 102-113 score. Celtics are 21-10 at home so far this season, while Clippers are 13-14 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 107.6 ppg to Celtics’ 102.9, while Celtics are better defensively, allowing a second-best 99.1 ppg to Clippers’ 106.8. Clippers have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.4% to Celtics’ 44.63%, while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.81% to Clippers’ 35.23%. Celtics are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.3 to Clippers’ 43.8, while both teams dish exactly 22 assists per game. While Celtics are struggling, they are still very strong at home and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread which they are expected to win for the bounce back victory today.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -5 (-110)
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Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics Spread and Prediction