LA Clippers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Betting Picks and Predictions

Posted by Joe Solari on February 9, 2016 in

After visiting the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on Tuesday night, the in-form Boston Celtics (31-22, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) will play host to the surging Los Angeles Clippers (35-17, 4th in the Western Conference) on Wednesday, February 10th, in an enthralling NBA online odds showdown. Below is a preview to this East vs. West National Basketball Association matchup, inclusive of free NBA picks.

LA Clippers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Betting Picks and Predictions

When: Tuesday, February 10th, 7:30 PM EST
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB
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Why Bet on the Clippers

Since suffering that disappointing shock defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves last Wednesday, the Clippers have bounced back with three straight wins to stay within touching distance of the third spot in the Western Conference. After impressive victories over Orlando and Miami, It was, however, far from pretty in their last game, as the Clippers needed overtime on Monday to beat the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, 98-92. Nonetheless, Jamal Crawford and Wesley Johnson continued to provide the offensive spark in the team in the absence of Blake Griffin, with Crawford tying for a game-high 23 points against the 76ers. Meanwhile, Los Angeles’ defense, which had kept Philadelphia in the game with rather shaky plays, proved pivotal in the end by making a number of key stops to fend off the pesky home-playing 76ers , who’d frustrated Golden State similarly barely a week ago.

In order to beat the Celtics, an all-rounded performance will be required from both ends of the floor, especially with Chris Paul and J.J. Redick doing better offensively. Paul ranks in the top-5 of the NBA in assists while Redick (who also scored 23 points on Monday night, including the game-tying three-pointer) leads the entire league in three-point shooting. Then there is DeAndre Jordan, who is second in the league in rebounding and No. 1 in field goal percentage, meaning the Clippers have sufficient fire power to dominate both sides of the ball.

If you combine that with the reality that the Clippers have owned Boston with four straight wins in their last four meetings, and the L.A. bench is arguably the deepest in the league (and has outscored all its last 8 opponents); it makes total sense that the visitors are expected to win this encounter.

Why Bet on the Celtics

Thanks to their convincing 128-119 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, the Celtics enter Tuesday’s NBA games boasting of four straight victories and 9 wins in their last 10 games, underlining just how good they have been in recent times. As they’ve done severally this season, the Celtics relied on a balanced offensive performance from the entire team, led by Avery Bradley (25 points), Isaiah Thomas (22 points) and Jared Sullinger (21 points), as the Celtics shot 56 percent from the field and 13-of-24 from downtown. This performance allowed the Celtics to rule the Kings, who had strong star performance from DeMarcus Cousins (31 points) supported by the duo of Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison who both had 16 points apiece.

Given the tons of scoring potential in the Clippers’ team, the Celtics will need to approach the game similarly, finding ways of limiting the shooters, particularly Redick and Crawford, who are good in nailing shots from range. Being a team that is dominated by small players, the Celtics must also find ways of attacking the paint and getting to the free-throw line as often as possible, as that is probably the only way they will be able to get opportunistic scores and unsettle the likes of Jordan with foul trouble.

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Clippers at Celtics NBA Predictions and Picks

Boston’s home record of 16-10 isn’t bad, and the fact that the Celtics are a confident bunch breeds the possibility of an upset. Unfortunately for the Celtics, Los Angeles is just as strong at home (17-8) as on the road (18-9), so it’s not going to be easy to stop the fully-loaded Clips. Add that to the fact that LA has owned Boston recently (4-0 SU) and they will come into this game with an extra day of rest than the Celtics, a win and cover looks highly likely for the visitors.

NBA Picks: LA Clippers for SU, LA Clippers for ATS, Score Prediction: LA Clippers 111, Boston 104.