Through 3 Quarters

The Los Angeles Clippers are giving their home crowd exactly what it was hoping to see. They have emerged as the frontrunner after three quarters and are ahead of the Boston Celtics 89-80.

The Clippers have been led by shooting guard Brandon Boston Jr., who so far has shot 5-for-8 from downtown and has recorded 23 points.

Boston has enjoyed the tag-team combination of shooting guard Josh Richardson and small forward Jayson Tatum. The former has 14 points, while the latter has 21 points along with eight rebounds.

Boston has lost 91% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this year, so this one seems just about wrapped up

Who's Playing

Boston @ Los Angeles

Current Records: Boston 13-12; Los Angeles 13-12

What to Know

The Boston Celtics' road trip will continue as they head to Staples Center at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles will be strutting in after a victory while Boston will be stumbling in from a defeat.

The matchup between the Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday was not a total blowout, but with Boston falling 117-102 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. Small forward Jayson Tatum put forth a good effort for the losing side as he shot 5-for-7 from downtown and finished with 34 points and eight rebounds. The game made it Tatum's third in a row with at least 31 points.

Meanwhile, while not quite a landslide, the contest between the Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday was still a pretty decisive one as Los Angeles wrapped it up with a 102-90 win on the road. The top scorer for Los Angeles was small forward Paul George (21 points).

Boston is expected to lose this next one by 3.5. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Boston, who are 13-12 against the spread.

Boston didn't have too much breathing room in their contest with Los Angeles when the two teams previously met in March, but they still walked away with a 117-112 win. Will the Celtics repeat their success, or do the Clippers have a better game plan this time around? We'll find out soon enough.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Staples Center -- Los Angeles, California
  • TV: Bally Sports SoCal
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $10.52

Odds

The Clippers are a 3.5-point favorite against the Celtics, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Clippers as a 3-point favorite.

Over/Under: -109

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Series History

Los Angeles and Boston both have six wins in their last 12 games.

  • 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 Los Angeles

  • Paul George: Game-Time Decision (Elbow)
  • Jason Preston: Out (Foot)
  • Kawhi Leonard: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Boston

  • Jabari Parker: Game-Time Decision (Illness)
  • Bruno Fernando: Game-Time Decision (Back)
  • Jaylen Brown: Out (Hamstring)