The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers are both expected to contend for their respective conference championships this season. But both teams are dealing with injuries that have negatively impacted them during the early portion of the season. The question ahead of this Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers showdown is whether or not the Celtics are able to overcome the rigors of their current road trip in addition to their injury woes.
Before the tip off of this game, bettors should make sure to verify who is going to play and who is going to sit out. With both starting lineups potentially being impacted by injury-related absences, it is a good idea to wait to find out who is playing and who is not before locking in any wagers. But there are some things to consider before lineups are announced that could make betting in this inter-conference matchup a little easier.
Boston Celtics – Second Straight Night In LA
The Boston Celtics are coming into this game on the second night of a back to back, after playing against the Los Angeles Lakers the night before. Boston won’t have to do any additional traveling between their matchups with the Lakers and Clippers, but they will be spending a night in Los Angeles. That doesn’t always work out well for teams, as the nightlife in Los Angeles can negatively impact a team’s performance the night after in some cases.
Boston is also dealing with injury concerns coming into this game, as Jaylen Brown is not guaranteed to play on Wednesday night for the Celtics. Brown has been battling injury for the bulk of the early portion of the season, and has been rested on a regular basis as a result. What Boston chooses to do with him on the second leg of this back to back on the road could help determine what the team’s chances are of winning this game.
Expected Line-Up: Marcus Smart, Josh Richardson, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams III
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Los Angeles Clippers – Building Momentum Out West
The Los Angeles Clippers picked up a nice win on the road in their last game, beating the Portland Trail Blazers thanks to a nice run in the fourth quarter of that game. Los Angeles was fortunate that both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were both ruled out for Portland ahead of that game. But the Clippers have won two of their last three games, and will look to extend their run of solid form at home against the Celtics.
From a matchup perspective, the availability of Nic Batum will be significant against a team like the Celtics. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are both lengthy and can score from the inside and perimeter, and Batum’s ability to defend either of those players along with Paul George would be very valuable for this game. Batum’s status is far from the only thing that matters for the Clippers here, but it is a key factor when betting on this game.
Expected Line-Up: Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac
Expert Pick #1 – Clippers -3 @ -110
The first bet to place on this game is the Clippers -3 at -110 odds. Los Angeles will be the fresher team coming into this game, as the Celtics just played a tough one against the Lakers less than 24 hours ago. Even if Jaylen Brown comes back for this matchup, the Celtics as a whole will struggle to match the energy level of the hosts in this one, and the Clippers will cover as a result.
Expert Pick #2 – Clippers to Win @ -150
The next bet to place in this matchup is the Clippers to win at -150 odds. While Los Angeles should win this game convincingly, splitting some of your wager between the point spread and moneyline should serve as protection in the event that the game ends up falling within one possession when all is said and done. Either way, the Clippers should come away with the victory.
Expert Pick #3 – Under 208 @ -110
Our final bet for this matchup between Boston and Los Angeles is the Under 208 at -110 odds. The Celtics struggled offensively in their loss to the Lakers a night ago, and should struggle even more on that end of the floor when playing their second straight night here. The Clippers should be able to neutralize Jayson Tatum with Paul George and hold the Celtics in check to help the under come home.
This game should be a fun one, as the Celtics look to problem solve their way to avoiding an 0-2 trip to Los Angeles. But the Clippers are coming off of a nice road win and should have the momentum and rest advantages on their side. They will win and cover against the Celtics at Staples Center.