Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers NBA Picks & Predictions 1/24/2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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The Boston Celtics head to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The opening line for this game has Boston as 4 point favorites.
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The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 34-13. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.6 as they are averaging 102.6 points per game while giving up 98.0 per contest. The Clippers have an overall record of 23-23. They currently are 2nd in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 107.8 points per game and surrendering 107.5, good for a point differential of 0.3.
Valuable Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 27-18-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 22-24-1 against the over/under
Important Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers are 25-21-0 against the spread
The Los Angeles Clippers are 26-19-1 against the over/under
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
10/17/17 SF Gordon Hayward Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
12/12/17 F Danilo Gallinari Gluteus is out indefinitely
11/22/17 PG Patrick Beverley Knee is out for season
01/23/18 C DeAndre Jordan Ankle is "?" Wednesday vs Boston
01/04/18 PG Austin Rivers Achilles is out indefinitely
Kyrie Irving comes into this game averaging 24.5 points per contest while playing 32.9 minutes per night so far this year. He grabs 3.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 5 assists per game. His FG percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is 88%. Jayson Tatum averages 13.7 points per contest in 31 minutes per game this year. He averages 1.3 assists per game and 5.5 rebounds per contest for Boston. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Blake Griffin has scored 22.7 points per contest while playing 34.4 minutes per game this season for the Clippers. He hauls in 7.9 rebounds per contest and has 5.5 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 78%. Lou Williams averages 23.3 points per game this year and he's on the court an average of 32.2 minutes per game. He also brings in 2.6 rebounds per game and 5.1 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston averages 102.6 points per contest this year, which is 23rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.51 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 25th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 44.4 boards per contest and 22 assists per game, which ranks them 10th and 20th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 18th with 14.3 per game. The Celtics allow 98 points per contest which is 2nd in the NBA. They also surrender a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 1st in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44.1 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd, and they allow 20 assists per game which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 14.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 8th in the NBA with 107.8 points per contest this season. They are 10th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 0.37. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 20th in the league. They are 16th in the NBA in rebounding with 43.2 boards per contest and 23rd in assists per game with 21.7. The Clippers are 10th in turnovers per contest with 15.1. The Clippers give up 107.5 points per game, which ranks them 23rd in the league. Their defense is surrendering a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 13th and 7th in those defensive statistics. They rank 21st with 23.6 dimes allowed per game and 24th with 44.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Clippers are 18th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15 per contest this year.
The Celtics are 19th in the league in defensive rating with 101.9, and their offensive rating of 106.6 is ranked 30th. They are 20th in the NBA in pace with 95.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 16th. As a unit they are 18th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the NBA. Boston is 16th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 30th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 12th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 18th in the NBA. The Clippers are 8th in the league in defensive rating with 109.3, and their offensive rating of 109.6 is ranked 10th. They are 10th in the NBA in pace with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 8th. As a unit they are 8th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 14th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Celtics/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles +4
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