Conference match between Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers will take place on February 10th at TD Garden, the home of the Celtics, where they lost to Clippers a year ago.
Boston Celtics are currently 4th in the East with an overall record of 35-20 and the 4-1 record in their last 5 games. While Boston only lost 2 games in the last 12, they are coming into this match after a 128:129 defeat against LA Lakers. The match against Lakers looked good for Celtics for the first 2 quarters when Boston managed to accumulate a 9 point lead prior to heading to the 3rd quarter. In the 3rd quarter, Lakers woke up and outscored Celtics by 15 points, which got them a nice lead of 6 points before the last quarter. The last quarter was a close one, with Celtics soon catching up to Lakers, and even holding a 6 point lead, but it all came down to the last minutes. With only 11 seconds left in the match, Celtics were 1 point ahead, but Lakers had the ball. Ingram went for a layup but got denied. Players battled for the ball with the time running out. The ball found his way to Rondo’s hands just with 1 second left. Rondo managed to convert his chance into a basket, which not only won the game for his team but also proved Celtics fans what they lost. Final score: 128:129. This marked Celtics 20th defeat of the season and 2nd consecutive defeat against Lakers.
LA Clippers are currently 8th in the West with an overall record of 30-26 and a 2-3 record in their last 5 games. In the span of their last 5 games, Clippers have won against Pistons (101:111) and Hornets (115:117), while they’ve lost against Lakers (120:123)(OT), Raptors (121:103) and most recently against Pacers (116:92). In the match against Pacers, the Clippers were outplayed in the first 3 quarters, when Pacers managed to accumulate a 25 point lead. While the Clippers performed better in the last quarter, it was not nearly enough for them to come back. The match ended with a final score of 116:92.
Both teams are coming into this match after disappointing defeats behind them. Tonight they will get a chance to bounce back with a win. The last time the Celtics and Clippers met was almost a year ago, on February 15th 2018. The mentioned match ended in Clippers favour (119:129), however this time I can hardly imagine Clippers will be able to stand up against Boston Celtics. Two new players in LA Clippers, JaMychal Green and Landry Shamet will both be available for tonight’s game. Ivica Zubac, on the other hand, is questionable to appear for Clippers. As for the Celtics, Daniel Theis is questionable, while Aron Baynes remains out. Comparing the two teams, Boston is a better side, however, we won’t be betting on the tonight. Instead, we will look at the Over/Under market. The line is set at under 226.5 which in my opinion is a bit too high. Both teams have decent defensive players, while they somewhat lack in the offensive end. This should spell out a match with less than 226 points.
Prediction: Under 226.00 points
Odds: 1.98 SBOBET