Game Time: 10:30 pm ET, Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Where to Watch: BSSC
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Celtics NL, Clippers NL; Over/Under: NL points
Bet365: Point Spread: Celtics +3, Clippers -3; Over/Under: 214.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Celtics NL, Clippers NL; Over/Under: NL points
Boston Celtics: 13-11 (2nd place, Atlantic Division)
Los Angeles Clippers: 13-12 (3rd place, Pacific Division)
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Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Clippers Preview and Analysis
Boston Celtics: 6-4 last 10
Los Angeles Clippers: 4-6 last 10
Boston Celtics Analysis
The Celtics are coming into this game with a 13-11 record overall and they are 7-7 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 3 of their last 4 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Utah Jazz while their 3 wins in that span came against the Toronto Raptors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Portland Trail Blazers in their last game. They still have a game against the Los Angeles Lakers that needs to be played on Tuesday night with that result pending so this will be the 2nd leg of a back-to-back for them on Wednesday night. Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder both went off in that game as they both led the team in points with 31 each while Payton Pritchard was next on the team with 19 points. Schroder led the team in assists in that game with 8 while Enes Kanter Freedom led the team in rebounds with 15. They were 56.3% from the field, 56.8% from 3-point range, and 89.7% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 108.9 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 106.5 PPG against them. The Celtics have an ATS record of 13-10-1 this season and their O/U record is 10-13-1.
Los Angeles Clippers Analysis
The Clippers are coming into this game with a 13-12 record overall and they are 9-7 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Sacramento Kings while their 2 wins in that span came against the LA Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers in their last game. Paul George led the team in points in that game with 21 while Marcus Morris Sr. was next on the team with 17 points. Reggie Jackson led the team in assists in that game with 6 while George led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 44.6% from the field, 30.6% from 3-point range, and 64.3% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 105.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 104.4 PPG against them. The Clippers have an ATS record of 11-14 this season and their O/U record is 11-14.
Celtics vs Clippers Prediction
The Clippers are coming into this game as a 3 point favorite with the current betting odds according to the bookmakers. The Clippers have been playing well in their last few games and will be at home here. There is a chance that Jaylen Brown will not be playing in this game for the Celtics and if that is the case then that is a big loss in this game for them as they will need him to beat a team like the Clippers. The Clippers have the slight advantage here so the best bet to place in this game is on the Clippers to cover the spread here.
Celtics Clippers Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (10:30 pm ET start time) is Clippers 102 Celtics 95.
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NBA Betting Trends
Boston Celtics: 14-7 ATS in December games. 34-24 ATS in the first half of the season. 14-7 ATS against Pacific division opponents. 37-27 ATS in non-conference games. 27-17 O/U when playing 4 or less games in 10 days.
Los Angeles Clippers: 6-12 ATS against Atlantic division opponents. 21-30 ATS when playing 8 or more games in 14 days. 14-21 ATS after allowing 105 points or less 2 straight games. 1-5 ATS after 2 or more consecutive unders. 1-5 ATS after a combined score of 205 points or less 2 straight games.
Boston Celtics: R. Langford (SG) Prob Tues - Ankle injury. A. Horford (C) Prob Tues - Back injury. J. Brown (SG) Ques Tues - Conditioning.
Los Angeles Clippers: A. Coffey (SG) Ques Wed - Undisclosed injury. J. Preston (PG) Ques Wed - Foot injury. N. Batum (SG) Out indefinitely - Illness. K. Leonard (SF) out for season - Knee injury.
"It was one of those nights where we had to do it with different people, we had to do it by committee, and we got the job done." - Tyronn Lue on his team’s win against the Trail Blazers on Monday night.
"I've never been a part of a team hitting that many 3s like that. And especially the type of 3s — they weren't necessarily all open. They were tough, contested 3s." - Al Horford after a loss against the Jazz on Friday night.
PG Marcus Smart
SG Jaylen Brown
SF Jayson Tatum
PF Al Horford
C Robert Williams III
Los Angeles Clippers
PG Reggie Jackson
SG Paul George
SF Marcus Morris Sr.
PF Serge Ibaka
C Ivica Zubac
PPG: J. Tatum (25.2)
APG: M. Smart (5.5)
Reb/G: J. Tatum (8.8)
Los Angeles Clippers
PPG: P. George (25)
APG: P. George (5.4)
Reb/G: I. Zubac (8.1)
Boston Celtics: Ime Udoka (1st season)
Los Angeles Clippers: Tyronn Lue (3rd season)