Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 2/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+5)
The Los Angeles Clippers (17-6) play the Boston Celtics (11-9) at STAPLES Center on Friday. Los Angeles opens this game as 5-point favorites. The total opens at 221.
The Boston Celtics faced the Sacramento Kings and took a loss by a final of 116-111 in their last game. Boston finished with a 45.3% field goal percentage (39 out of 86) and made 11 out of their 33 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 22 of 29 shots for a rate of 75.9%. In regard to pulling down boards, they earned 45 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 28 dimes for this game while having 9 steals and 3 blocks. When discussing defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 45.7% from the field on 42 out of 92 shooting. Sacramento doled out 23 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Kings pulled down 44 rebounds (12 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Sacramento walked away from this one shooting 82.6% at the free throw line by converting 19 of 23 attempts. They also buried 13 of their 37 shots from long range.
Jayson Tatum is someone who came through in the matchup. He recorded 27 points on 11 of 26 shooting. He was on the court for 38:54 minutes played and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Tatum ended up shooting 42.3% from the floor and also totaled 10 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Celtics was Jaylen Brown. He had 3 boards and tallied 4 assists. He finished the contest at 38.9% from the field in this game by shooting 7-of-18 (21 points). When the game finished, Brown was on the court for 33:49 min.
Boston enters this contest with a win-loss record of 11-9 on the season. The Celtics are shooting 37.5% from downtown (239 of 637) and 75.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 111.6 pts per contest (16th in the league) on 47.2% from the field. They turn the ball over 15.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 20.8 fouls per contest. As a team, Boston is collecting 44.7 boards per contest and has 454 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 27th in the NBA in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Celtics are forcing 15.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.8 fouls. They are currently ranked 5th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 457 conceded so far this year. The Celtics are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.7% (302 of 396) and they relinquish 42.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They relinquish 36.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 9th in basketball in opponents PPG (109.4).
The last time they took the court, the Los Angeles Clippers walked away with a victory by a final of 121-99 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Clippers were able to pull down 38 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 46 for this game. They blocked 6 attempts while getting 4 steals for the game. The Cavaliers had 14 fouls in the matchup which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a clip of 76.5%. With regard to 3-pointers, Los Angeles buried 20 of their 34 tries (58.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Clippers walked away from this one shooting 44 out of 79 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.7%. The Clippers permitted the Cavaliers to bury 41 out of their 92 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 44.6% for the matchup. They shot 40.0% from beyond the arc by going 4 out of 10 and finished the contest at 13 of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Los Angeles permitted Cleveland to pull down 37 in all (11 offensive).
Paul George ended up being a factor for the Clippers for this game. He made 13 of 20 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 65.0%, which had him sitting at 36 points. George grabbed 4 boards in his 34:05 mins of time on the hardwood and tallied 6 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Los Angeles was Kawhi Leonard. He totaled 24 points in his 31:34 mins played by way of 9 out of 14 from the floor for this game. Leonard walked away from this one going 64.3% from the floor as well as totaling 3 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 17-6 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Clippers are connecting on 48.2% from the field, which ranks them 4th in the league. Los Angeles has accounted for 2,645 pts so far this year (115.0 per game) and they collect 43.6 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 24.5 times per contest (15th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 13.3 times per game. The Clippers commit 19.3 fouls per game and they connect on 84.9% from the free throw line. The Clippers on the defensive side of the court are 4th in the league in PPG given up with 107.1. They are forcing 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.4% from the field (19th in the NBA). The Los Angeles defense allows 36.0% from downtown (273 of 758) and opponents are converting on 79.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 23.2 dimes and 40.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 8th and 2nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (+5)
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