Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers - 2/5/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Clippers (17-6) vs Boston Celtics (11-9)
Game Info: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
Betting Odds: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 221 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Boston Celtics need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 26.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 26.4 points and 3.6 assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Clippers look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 115 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 107.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while Paul George is averaging 24.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris Sr. is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games as an underdog. The Clippers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 overall. The over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The last two meetings between the Celtics and Clippers went to overtime, so this should be another intriguing contest. With that said, there's no stepping in front of the Clippers right now for me. One of the hotter teams in the league, the Los Angeles Clippers are winning their last five games by an average of 12.4 points while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 43.9 percent from three. The Boston Celtics are still trying to find a rhythm with guys back in the lineup and are fresh off a loss to the Kings. I'll lay the chalk with the Clippers.