The Los Angeles Clippers travel to the TD Garden to battle the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their last six games, but they will be aiming to bounce back after falling just short to the 76ers in a 110-103 road loss on Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 30 points and nine assists, Landry Shamet added 19 points off the bench while Lou Williams and Marcus Morris Sr each scored 13 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 44 percent from the field and 14 of 31 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from an early 12-point deficit in the second quarter, only to get outpaced in the second half where they scored just 49 points. Paul George had himself a night to forget as he shot just three of 15 to finish with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Defensively, the Clippers did a nice job of holding the 76ers to just eight of 27 from the 3-point line, but they just had no answer for Josh Richardson who scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to get the 76ers over the line.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in great form as they’ve won 10 of their past 12 games, but they will be coming into this one looking to rebound after having their seven-game win streak halted by the Rockets in a 116-105 road loss on Tuesday. Gordon Hayward led the team in scoring with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Jaylen Brown added 19 points while Jayson Tatum chipped in with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 43 percent from the field and 11 of 32 from the 3-point line as they took a two-point lead going into halftime, before getting run off the floor in the second half where the Rockets exploded for 69 points behind the play of Russell Westbrook and James Harden who combined for 78 points.
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics Head to Head
The Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers have played 131 games in the regular season with 88 victories for the Celtics and 43 for the Clippers. The Clippers are 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall and the Clippers are 5-1 in the last six meetings in Boston.
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics Stats
The Clippers are currently 6th in the league in scoring offense with 115.6 points per game. LA is 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48 boards per game and stand 17th in assists with 23.9 per contest. The Clippers are average defensively, ranking 13th in scoring defense by allowing 109.7 points per game. Paul George is second on the team with 22.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and four assists per game on the season. Kawhi Leonard contributes a team-leading 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists this year. Lou Williams (19.2 points, 5.9 assists) and Montrezl Harrell (18.7 points, seven rebounds) are both averaging in double figures as well. JaMychal Green, Ivica Zubac, Marcus Morris Sr., Patrick Beverley, Patrick Patterson and Landry Shamet (10.4 points) are other key pieces for Doc Rivers. LA is 14th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.4 percent from the floor. The Clippers are tied for 14th in three pointers a game with 11.9 per contest and 11th in three-point shooting as they hit 36.5 percent of their long-range attempts. Beverley has missed the last three games with a sore groin and is questionable at best here.
The Celtics enter this contest ranked 12th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 112.6 points per game this season. Boston is tied for 11th in rebounding by pulling down 45.6 rebounds per contest and stand 21st in assists with 23.3 dimes per game. On the season, Boston is second in the league in scoring defense by allowing 105.7 points per contest. The Celtics are led offensively by Kemba Walker, who is second on the team as he puts up 21.8 points, four rebounds and five assists per game on the year. Jayson Tatum puts up a team-leading 22.1 points plus 6.9 boards a night while Jaylen Brown (20.2 points, 6.4 rebounds), Gordon Hayward (17.2 points, 6.6 boards) and Marcus Smart (12.1 points, 4.8 assists) are solid contributors offensively. Boston is tied for 13th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 46.3 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Celtics are tied for 12th in three-pointers per game as they drain 12.2 triples per night while they rank tied for 13th by hitting 36.2 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics News
Missing players Clippers: Patrick Beverley (Groin) is out.
Missing players Celtics: Jaylen Brown (Calf) is probable.
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics Odds
Spread: -1.5 Celtics
Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics Predictions
The Celtics have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league and they’re rock solid at home where they have won 22 of 27 games this season. The Clippers haven’t quiet been as hot as they’re coming into this one off a tough loss to the 76ers, but that was a close game that could’ve gone either way. You could make an argument for either team here, but I’m sticking with the more consistent Celtics to continue their strong form at home with a win and cover here.