The Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Clippers in a key cross-conference battle on Tuesday evening. After some well-documented struggles, Boston has won two games in a row to improve to 17-17 this season. L.A. has lost four of the last seven, though the Clippers still maintain an impressive 24-12 overall record. Jaylen Brown (knee) is officially listed as questionable for the Celtics.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Boston. The latest Clippers vs. Celtics odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Los Angeles as a 4.5-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 220. Before locking in any Celtics vs. Clippers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Clippers vs. Celtics spread: Clippers -4.5
- Clippers vs. Celtics over-under: 220 points
- Clippers vs. Celtics money line: Clippers -185, Celtics +165
- LAC: The Clippers are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games
- BOS: The Celtics are 3-7 against the spread in the last 10 games
Why the Clippers can cover
L.A. is led by a pair of bonafide superstar wings in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard leads the team with 26.8 points, and he adds 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game to go along with elite-level defense. George is enjoying the best shooting season of his career, and he averages 23.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The Clippers are an unquestionably elite offensive team, and they also face a Boston squad that is fourth-worst in the NBA at preventing its opponents from producing free throw attempts.
On the other end, the Celtics are just 28th in the NBA in assists per game offensively (28.2), and the Clippers are capable of ratcheting up their defense against top-level competition. L.A. also counteracts one of Boston's biggest strengths with its elite defensive rebounding, which could be key in this matchup.
Why the Celtics can cover
Even with Brown uncertain to play and Marcus Smart (calf) out, the Celtics can rely on Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker. Tatum leads the team with 25.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, and Walker is a proven offensive creator at the lead guard spot. The Celtics are a top-five offensive rebounding team, pulling down 29.7 percent of their own missed shots, and they are an above-average 3-point shooting team at 36.7 percent for the season. L.A. is also just 22nd in forcing turnovers defensively, and Boston could protect the ball and generate more shots as a result.
Defensively, Boston lands in the top 10 in steals (8.0 per game), with a top-five mark in assists allowed at only 23.1 per game. The Clippers are also a bottom-tier team at creating free throws this season, which takes some pressure off Boston's rim protectors.
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SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting both teams to combine for 223 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can get that pick at SportsLine.
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