Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 3/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Boston Celtics
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (7.5)
The Los Angeles Clippers (24-12) travel to TD Garden on Tuesday where they'll meet the Boston Celtics (17-17). Los Angeles opens this contest as 7.5-point favorites. The total opens at 227.
The Los Angeles Clippers faced off with the Milwaukee Bucks and took a loss by a final of 105-100 in their last game. Los Angeles ended with a 41.2% field goal percentage (40 out of 97) and converted 14 out of their 44 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Clippers buried 6 of 7 shots for a percentage of 85.7%. In relation to getting rebounds, they compiled 49 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 20 assists in this game while forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 7 steals. When talking about defense, Los Angeles allowed 44.7% from the field on 38 of 85 shooting. Milwaukee earned 21 assists and had 7 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, Milwaukee snagged 48 rebounds (8 offensive, 40 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Milwaukee finished the game at 77.3% when shooting free throws by making 17 of 22 tries. They buried 12 of 38 shots from three-point range.
Kawhi Leonard is one guy who was a factor for the game. He ended up scoring 25 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37:17 minutes played and also snagged 9 rebounds. Leonard finished shooting 47.6% from the field and earned 3 dimes. One more player that came through in this contest for the Clippers was Paul George. He collected 7 rebounds in his 37:38 min on the hardwood. He shot 33.3% from the field for this contest by shooting 7-of-21 (16 points). When the time ran out, George accounted for 7 assists.
Los Angeles enters this matchup with a record of 24-12 this year. The Clippers are hitting 41.6% on 3-point shots (514 of 1,235) and 84.0% from the charity stripe. They average 114.9 points per outing (6th in the league) while connecting on 48.4% from the field. They are turning it over 13.3 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.0 fouls every game. As a team, Los Angeles is grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 876 assists for the year, which is 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Clippers are forcing 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.9 fouls. They are currently ranked 16th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 840 relinquished on the season. The Clippers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.7% (466 of 643) and they concede 41.4 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are giving up 35.7% from 3-point land and they are 5th in the league in PPG allowed (109.0).
When they last played, the Boston Celtics went home victorious with a score of 111-110 when they played the Washington Wizards. The Celtics collected 36 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 for the contest. They turned the ball over 18 times, while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Wizards had 22 personal fouls in this contest which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to bury 17 of those for a clip of 70.8%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Boston made 10 of 30 attempts (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Celtics shot 42 for 89 from the floor which had them shooting 47.2%. The Celtics permitted the Wizards to make 38 of their 84 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.2% in this game. They finished shooting 28.1% from distance by going 9 out of 32 and finished the contest at 25 of 29 from the charity stripe (86.2%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Boston allowed Washington to pull down 36 overall (7 offensive).
Jayson Tatum ended up being a factor for the Celtics in the game. He knocked down 12 of 22 in this game giving him a rate of 54.5%, and tallied 8 rebounds. Tatum earned 31 points in his 38:41 mins on the hardwood and had 3 assists for the contest. Another guy that was pivotal for Boston was Kemba Walker. He finished this one with 8 assists in his 32:50 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 7 out of 17 from the floor. Walker walked away from this one going 41.2% from the floor while also totaling 21 points and 5 total rebounds.
Boston has a record of 17-17 on the season. As an offense, the Celtics are shooting 46.3% from the floor, which ranks 17th in basketball. Boston has accounted for 3,772 points for the campaign (110.9 per game) and they average 44.0 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 22.2 times per contest (28th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.3 times per game. The Celtics commit 21.3 personal fouls per contest and they hit 76.6% from the charity stripe. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 7th in the league in points allowed per contest with 110.4. They have allowed 23.1 assists and 42.3 rebounds per contest, which is 4th and 6th in the league. The Boston defense concedes 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc (402 of 1,129) and their opponents are connecting on 80.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (15th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (+7.5)
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