L.A. Clippers at Boston Celtics
|Date & Time||Saturday February 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston -11.5 -- Over/Under 226
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics duke it out at the TD Garden on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost four of their last six games and they will be looking to bounce back after getting blown out by the Pacers in a 116-92 road loss on Thursday. Montrezl Harrell led the team with 19 points on nine of 13 shooting, Danilo Gallinari added 12 points while Lou Williams chipped in with 10 points. As a team, the Clippers shot just 43 percent from the field and six of 17 from the 3-point line, but with the recent trade of their leading scorer in Tobias Harris, the team came out flat and were always trailing after falling behind by 71-53 going into halftime. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 30-26 overall and 15-14 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in great form as they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games, but they will be looking to regroup after getting burned at the buzzer by the Lakers in a 129-128 home loss on Thursday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists including a clutch go-ahead basket late in the game. Jayson Tatum added 22 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, Daniel Theis scored 20 points while Terry Rozier and Jaylen Browns scored 19 and 18 points respectively. As a team, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field and 16 of 38 from the 3-point line as they dominated early to lead by as many as 18 points in the second quarter, but the Lakers fought back with 42 points in the third quarter before stealing the game at the buzzer. With the tough loss, Boston fell to 35-20 overall and 22-7 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Celtics are 37-18 ATS in their last 55 home games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Boston.
The Clippers have enjoyed plenty of bright spots during the season, but I wouldn’t expect too much from them the rest of the season as they have no intentions to make the playoffs if the trade of Tobias Harris was anything to go by. The Celtics were one of the hottest teams in the league before they slipped up against the Lakers on Thursday, so they’ll be eager to bounce back with a statement win here.