National Basketball Association: BOS vs. LAC
Boston Celtics (34-14, 16-6 away) at Los Angeles Clippers (23-23, 14-10 home)
January 24, 2018- 10:30 PM ET (TV ESPN) STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
In the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Boston Celtics will take to the Staples Center hardwood once again as they will square off against the Los Angeles Clippers in a Wednesday night showdown that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Celtics Lines: MyBookie Spread (-1.5) ML -119
Best Clippers Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+1.5) ML +101
Over/Under: BetOnline “See Live Odds”
Though, amongst the best in the NBA, the Celtics (34-14) are in a bit of a funk as they have dropped four straight games after losing 108-107 to the LA Lakers on Tuesday night; a game that came down to the final shot of the game, only to fall short by Marcus Smart.
Now, with very little time to fret about what happened, the Celtics must turn their attention to a Clippers team that despite their injuries are knocking on the postseason door.
Boston with their latest defeat is holding a 1 ½ game lead over the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division and will be in dire need of securing a win over the Clippers in the second game of a back-to-back and the Golden State Warriors on the horizon on Saturday night.
For the Clippers at 23-23, head coach Doc Rivers has his team playing gritty basketball despite dropping their last two as they have won 12 of their last 17 games.
With DeAndre Jordan, Austin Rivers and Danilo Gallinari all listed as doubtful, Los Angeles will look to sharp-shooter Lou Williams and big-man Blake Griffin to help carry the load.
The Clippers may be 14 games back of the Warriors in the Pacific Division, but are just one-half games back for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Team totals for each team has the Celtics averaging 102.6 points per game to 107.8 for the Clippers, while on defense, Boston is allowing 102.6 to 107.5 for LA.
This will mark the first meeting of the season with both teams schedule to meet on Feb. 14 back in Beantown.
Two teams dealing with losing streaks, who will find a way to win come game’s end in what will be a national televised contest? For sports betting purposes for our US players, 5Dimes is favoring BOS (-1.5) points over LAC with an over/under from BetOnline that still needs to be determined.
Keeping my confidence in the visiting team, I will favor the Celtics MINUS the points (-1.5) over Los Angeles as my best betting pick.