Monday, March 28, 2016
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The Boston Celtics travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, March 28, 2016. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles as 2.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 210.
The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 43-30 and a road record of 18-18. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 3.8 as they are averaging 105.8 points per game while giving up 102 per contest. Boston is 10-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 29-19. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Clippers have an overall record of 44-27 and a home record of 23-12. They currently are 2nd in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 104.4 points per game and surrendering 101.1, good for a point differential of 3.2. Los Angeles has a division record of 7-6 and a conference record of 24-19. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest averaging 22.2 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Celtics. He pulls down 3 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 88%. Avery Bradley averages 15.1 points per game in 33.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 2.8 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Chris Paul averages 20 points per game while playing 33.3 minutes per contest this year for the Clippers. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 9.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 89%. J.J. Redick averages 16.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 1.8 rebounds per contest and 1.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Boston averages 105.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 24th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 26th in the league. They average 53.5 rebounds per game and 24.2 assists per game which ranks them 8th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 13.8 per game. The Celtics allow 102 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 4th and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.8 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 20.5 assists per contest which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 16.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
Los Angeles averages 104.4 points per game this year which ranks them 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 3.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 8th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 8th in the NBA. They average 51 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per contest which ranks them 20th and 12th respectively. In the turnover department the Clippers rank 3rd with 13 per game. The Clippers allow 101.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 10th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 9th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.3 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 21.5 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. The Clippers force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the NBA.
The Celtics average 105.5 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 100 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 1.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 8.7 per contest. The Celtics have an offensive rating of 106.9 and a defensive rating of 103. In terms of pace they average 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Clippers score 104.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 99.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -6 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 5.2 points per game. The Clippers rating on offense is 107.8 and they have a defensive rating of 104.5. They get 96.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 52%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turns the ball over on 12.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 38-33-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 35-37-1 against the over/under
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers are 32-35-4 against the spread
The Los Angeles Clippers are 29-39-3 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
03/13/16 F Jae Crowder Ankle out indefinitely
Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
03/27/16 F Blake Griffin Suspension expected to miss next 4 games
03/26/16 PG Chris Paul Knee injured last game, probable Sunday vs. Denver
03/14/16 F Branden Dawson Legal problems out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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