Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/11/13
Los Angeles Clippers (14-8) at Boston Celtics (10-13)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +6.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
Doc Rivers returns to The Garden tonight when the Los Angeles Clippers pay a visit to the Boston Celtics.
The Clippers were able to avoid a fourth loss in five outings by taking down the shorthanded 76ers 94-83 thanks to 26 points from Blake Griffin and 25 points and 13 assists from Chris Paul. DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and a season-high 21 rebounds as the Clippers improved to 2-1 on their seven-game road trip which continues tonight against the Celtics.
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Meanwhile, the Celtics had their three-game win streak snapped last night in Brooklyn as they fell to the Nets by 104-96. Avery Bradley led the team with 22 points, while Jeff Green added 19, but the Celtics struggled to contain the Nets who were fueled by the return of Deron Williams. Despite the loss, the Celtics are still in decent form as they've won six of their last nine to improve to 10-13 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win, while the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Clippers are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings and 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Boston.
It'll be interesting to see what kind of reception coach Rivers gets in his old stomping grounds, but you can be sure that the Clippers will be ready to improve on their modest 6-6 road record tonight. The Celtics have been playing some good basketball lately and if they had beaten the Nets last night, I'd be all over them with the spread. However, I think the Clippers should get the win and cover here in what should be an emotional affair.