Doc Rivers and company look to come into Boston and continue their dominance on the Celtics in recent history. (Clips are 7-3 in their last ten games versus Boston.) Pesty hard-nosed point guard Patrick Beverly will be out for the Clippers, which will open up a matchup problem for the Clippers to cover the Celtics’ All-Star Kemba Walker. Celtics are 8-2 in their last ten games and coming off a tough loss to the Houston Rockets. Both teams are coming off a loss, and it’s very rare they each lose two times in a row. The Celts are 5-0 in their last five games as favorites. With the line at -2, it’s practically a pick ‘em. It started as a -1 line and moved, showing a trend in the right direction to take the Celtics ATS.
I’m more confident in the under than the game itself. The Celtics have had seven of their last ten games go under. With the Clippers, eight out of eleven of their last road games have fallen under. I think Tatum, Smart, Hayward, and Brown are all people you can throw at Kawhi and Paul George and have success in slowing down the lethal duo. The key factors in this will come down to newly-acquired Clipper Marcus Morris and Montrezl Harell (the bigs), whereas for the Celtics, the advantage is in Kemba Walker at the PG spot. It’ll be a nail biter and I think that the Under is a must-hammer wager (Under 228). Brad Stevens used to coach Marcus Morris, so he will have some schemes to slow down the veteran having his best statistical season to date (for the Knicks) and should get chippy because of that history.
The Celtics usually start slow at home, so I always consider taking the Celts to win the 2nd Quarter. But with it being a national game, I believe Jaylen Brown will be the dark horse of the game to keep an eye out for because he’s definitely a little bitter to be missing the All-Star Game, and has no fear against the likes of PG-13 and the Klaw. It’ll be a defensive grind, Celtics will cover -2, but…
DEAF PICK OF THE DAY: UNDER 228!