The LA Clippers will be facing against the Boston Celtics on Thursday ahead of the All-Star pause, which will see some of the top NBA players throw down against each another in two MVP teams. But back on the LA Clippers versus the Boston Celtics, the teams are back to offer us a an evenly matched NBA spectacle.
Both squads just suffered a defeat with the Clippers losing to Philadelphia 76ers with 103-110 and the Celtics suffering a defeat to the Houston Rockets at 116-105. Yet, both teams are in a somewhat prime form.
The Clippers had a 44.4 percent success rate from the field and 14 out of 31 successful shots from the three-pointers in their most recent game versus Philadelphia with Kawhi Leonard leading the charts with 30 points. But let bygones be bygones as they say, and the focus is now fully on the teams’ upcoming clash tonight.
Odds to Win: Celtics vs Clippers
|Los Angeles Clippers||+1 ½ (-110)||-102|
|Boston Celtics||-1 ½ (-110)||-118|
*Odds updated February 13
What do the Clippers have to offer? As it turns – quite a bit. Even though they are half way to the top, sitting in 6th spot when it coming to scoring with 115.6-point average. They are also third when it comes to rebounds, hitting 48 RPG, which puts them third in the overall standing.
All their players seem to be quite capable. Lou Williams presently stands at 19.2 PPG and Montrezl Harrell comes a close second with 18.7 PPG. But even players such as Ivica Zubac, Marcus Morris Sr. and Landry Shamet are all quite valuable players averaging 10 points per game, and contributing to Los Angeles’ final efforts to win one game after another.
The biggest challenge they will have to face is weather Patrick Beverly will be coming for the game tonight – which is almost certainly a definite no, as the player is recovering from a groin injury that has put him out of three games so far.
Look at the Celtics Play
The Celtics are definitely looking to be evenly matched to the Clippers in the very least. They have the 12th highest scoring offense with 112.6 points, 45.6 rebounds and 23.3 assists per game, making them a strong contender based on stats alone.
Players such as Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart along with Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown have all been invaluable to the team’s composition averaging an impressive number of points each, and perhaps slightly higher than LA’s individual players.
True, the individual talent of Celtics players can’t quite make up for better teamwork, but Brad Stevens’ players are getting there, although the inexorable James Harden did prove unstoppable. Kawhi is a player of Harden’s caliber which could quickly put the Celtics in another tough spot, trying to stop a player who not only excels on his own, but is backed from a very-well balanced team.
The odds do seem to favor the Celtics, but we would still back the Clippers.