The Boston Celtics will be on the road this Thursday evening, as they are heading to Hollywood for an NBA betting matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers that is set to take place at the Staples Center, with tip off scheduled for 10:35 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers have set the line to the advantage of the home team in this contest, listing the Clippers as a fat -8 1/2 point favorite, while posting the over/under total at 190 1/2 points.
The Celtics enter this matchup with 14 straight up wins and 13 losses so far this season. However, they have produced much worse results against the spread, going 4-7-2 in 13 road games this season and 3-5-2 when listed as underdogs. The Celtics own the 15th best offense and defense in the league, both of which has them scoring and surrendering 97 point per game on average.
The scorching Clippers enter play tonight on a 14-game winning streak (a franchise best) and in first place in the Pacific Division with 22 straight up wins compared to just six losses. They have also been getting the job done against the spread, with an 11-5 record at home and 15-9 when listed as favorites. The Clippers have the 3rd best defense in the league, as they are holding opponents to less than 92 points per game.
The Celtics are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six games played on the road. Boston has gone over the posted total in 8 of their last 11 games when facing a team from the Pacific Division.
The Clippers have covered the point spread in six of their last seven meetings versus the Celtics and six of their last seven games played at home. Los Angeles has stayed under the posted total in four of their last five games when facing a team from the Eastern Conference.
The Clippers are in a winning zone right now and look unstoppable – especially at home. Tonight, against the Celtics, I expect the dominance to continue, as Lob City makes it 15 in a row, while covering the point spread in the process.
Clippers -8 1/2
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