The Boston Celtics (25-10) host the Los Angeles Clippers (21-15) on December 29, 2022 at TD Garden. The Celtics are big favorites, by 6.5 points, in a matchup pitting one of the NBA’s highest-scoring teams versus one of the strongest defensive squads. The Celtics are first in points scored per game (118.9), while the Clippers are third in points allowed (108.6). The over/under in the matchup is 228.
How to bet Celtics vs. Clippers
Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -264 odds to pick up the win, while the Clippers are listed at +216 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 228 points.
Celtics vs. Clippers Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, December 29, 2022
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
- Arena: TD Garden
Celtics vs. Clippers Betting Trends
Against the spread, the Celtics are 20-14-1 this season. Boston has been the favorite in 33 games this season and has come away with the win 23 times (69.7%) in those contests. The Celtics have gone over the point total in 52.8% of their opportunities this year (19 times over 36 games with a set point total).
The Clippers are 19-17-0 against the spread this season. Los Angeles has won five of the 14 games it was the moneyline underdog this season (35.7%). Clippers games this season have eclipsed the over/under 41.7% of the time (15 out of 36 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Celtics: Danilo Gallinari: Out (Knee)
What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
Boston is giving up 112.1 points per game this year (12th-ranked in NBA), but it has really shined offensively, putting up 118.9 points per game (best). When playing at home, the Celtics are posting 8.7 more points per game (122.9) than they are in road games (114.2). The Celtics’ offense has been worse over their last 10 games, racking up 114.6 points a contest compared to the 118.9 they’ve averaged this season.
Boston ranks best in the NBA by draining 16 threes per game. In terms of three-point percentage, it ranks sixth in the league at 37.8%. Of the shots taken by the Celtics in 2022-23, 51.9% of them have been two-pointers (62% of the team’s made baskets) and 48.1% have been threes (38%).
What you need to know about the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles is the second-worst team in the league in points scored (109.2 per game) but third-best in points conceded (108.6). At home the Clippers are putting up 105.3 points per game, 7.7 fewer points than they are averaging on the road (113). The Clippers are tallying 113.9 points per contest over their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 109.2.
Beyond the arc, Los Angeles is 10th in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (12.6). It is eighth in 3-point percentage at 37.2%. The Clippers attempt 60.2% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 39.8% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 68.1% of the Clippers’ buckets are 2-pointers, and 31.9% are 3-pointers.
Our pick to win this contest is the Celtics, and we project that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 228 points.
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