Through 3 Quarters
The Los Angeles Clippers were expected to take an 'L' in this one, but so far it isn't playing out to script. Either team is in a position to win, but they lead against the Boston Celtics 69-63.
Shooting guard Luke Kennard (17 points) and power forward Marcus Morris (16 points) have been the top scorers for the Clippers. Boston has been relying on the performance of center Robert Williams III, who has posted a double-double on 14 points and ten rebounds in addition to two blocks. This makes it four consecutive games in which Williams III has had at least ten rebounds.
This is tied with the least points the Celtics have had yet this season going into the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles @ Boston
Current Records: Los Angeles 17-17; Boston 16-18
What to Know
The Boston Celtics will be returning home after a two-game road trip. They and the Los Angeles Clippers will round out the year against one another at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at TD Garden. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.
It looks like Boston must have gotten on Santa's naughty list since the squad didn't end up with the victory they were expected to receive on Monday. They were within striking distance but couldn't close the gap as they fell 108-103 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics' loss shouldn't obscure the performances of power forward Al Horford, who had 16 points and six assists along with nine boards, and point guard Payton Pritchard, who had 24 points and six assists in addition to eight rebounds.
Meanwhile, the matchup between the Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets on Monday was not particularly close, with Los Angeles falling 124-108. Los Angeles was down 101-81 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Los Angeles' defeat came about despite a quality game from power forward Marcus Morris, who had 24 points and six assists along with five boards.
Boston is the favorite in this one, with an expected 6-point margin of victory. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Boston, who are 17-16-1 against the spread.
The Celtics are now 16-18 while the Clippers sit at 17-17. Boston is 10-7 after losses this season, Los Angeles 8-8.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: Bally Sports SoCal
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $59.62
The Celtics are a solid 6-point favorite against the Clippers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Celtics as a 5.5-point favorite.
Los Angeles have won seven out of their last 13 games against Boston.
- Dec 08, 2021 - Los Angeles 114 vs. Boston 111
- Mar 02, 2021 - Boston 117 vs. Los Angeles 112
- Feb 05, 2021 - Boston 119 vs. Los Angeles 115
- Feb 13, 2020 - Boston 141 vs. Los Angeles 133
- Nov 20, 2019 - Los Angeles 107 vs. Boston 104
- Mar 11, 2019 - Los Angeles 140 vs. Boston 115
- Feb 09, 2019 - Los Angeles 123 vs. Boston 112
- Feb 14, 2018 - Los Angeles 129 vs. Boston 119
- Jan 24, 2018 - Boston 113 vs. Los Angeles 102
- Mar 06, 2017 - Los Angeles 116 vs. Boston 102
- Feb 05, 2017 - Boston 107 vs. Los Angeles 102
- Mar 28, 2016 - Los Angeles 114 vs. Boston 90
- Feb 10, 2016 - Boston 139 vs. Los Angeles 134
Injury Report for Boston
- C.J. Miles: Out (Covid-19)
- Enes Kanter: Out (Covid-19)
- Dennis Schroder: Out (Covid-19)
- Marcus Smart: Out (Hand)
- Bruno Fernando: Out (Covid-19)
- Aaron Nesmith: Out (Covid-19)
- Jayson Tatum: Out (Covid-19)
Injury Report for Los Angeles
- Nicolas Batum: Out (Ankle)
- Reggie Jackson: Out (Covid-19)
- Jason Preston: Out (Foot)
- Isaiah Hartenstein: Out (Ankle)
- Brandon Boston Jr.: Out (Covid-19)
- Jay Scrubb: Out (Covid-19)
- Moses Wright: Out (Covid-19)
- Paul George: Out (Elbow)
- Kawhi Leonard: Out (Knee)