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Clippers vs. Celtics NBA Odds and Preview – December 29th

By Jeff Stinger

Pacific meets Atlantic on Thursday night as the Clippers head out to Boston to take on the Celtics. This will be their second and final meeting of the regular season, with the Clips taking the first win in a 113-93 blowout victory. With home advantage on their side this time, the 2021-22 NBA finalists are ready to hit back to close their seven-game run at TD Garden. Boston leads the Eastern Conference with a 25-10 record and takes on the fourth-best Western Conference team, who currently holds a 21-15 record.

Nitrobetting shares the latest news, odds, and special features throughout the 2022-23 NBA season. Let’s get a closer look at the upcoming Clippers vs. Celtics face-off in this preview.

Clippers vs. Celtics Game Information

When: Thursday, December 29, 2022, 7:30 PM ET

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA


Radio: SiriusXM NBA Radio

Live Stream: NBA League Pass

NBA Betting Odds: Clippers (odds) / Celtics (odds)

Why Bet on the LA Clippers?

The Clippers won four of their last five contests and look strong on the road with two consecutive wins in the bag. This is their fourth win in five games before flying to Indiana.

The offensive statistics of the LA Clippers might be able to hang on with the Celtics. They average 109.2 points per game on 46.4% shooting. Tyronn Lue’s squad does much better from the three-point line, hitting 37.2% of their shots from deep. Paul George spearheads the squad with 23.65 points per game in 26 appearances. The rest of the scoring load is scattered across six different double-digit scorers, including Norman Powell (15.35 PPG), Reggie Jackson (12.33 PPG), and Kawhi Leonard (16.21 PPG).

Defense is where most of the Clippers’ work comes into play. They limit teams to 108.6 points per game on 45.6% opponent shooting, which is good for the third-best record in the league at the moment. They also have competent defense around the arc, limiting competitors to 34.1% three-point shooting. As for rebounding, the squad combines for 53.8 total boards per game. Ivica Zubac leads this area with 11.03 rebounds per game in 34 appearances.

Why Bet on the Boston Celtics?

The Celtics recovered from a three-game losing streak by bagging three-straight wins against the Timberwolves, Bucks, and Rockets, respectively. They lead both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference right now. Interim coach Joe Mazzulla found his footing since taking over for Ime Udoka coming into the 2022-23 NBA season.

Boston might have the strongest offensive figures so far this season. They lead the league in points at 118.9 points per game. With some of the most competent shooters on the floor, the squad combined for 47.9% shooting and 37.8% from downtown. More than that, the Celtics have the best free-throw shooting stats and hit 82.8% of their attempts from the line. Jayson Tatum is one of the few players that average north of 30 points per game while leading rebounding (8.06 RPG). Jaylen Brown makes for a huge chunk of their scoring averaging 26.97 points per game.

Being a two-way team, it’s only fitting that we see competent defensive figures coming from this lineup. The Celts held teams to 112.1 points per game on 46.5% shooting. They also limit opponents to 35.0% from deep.

Clippers vs. Celtics Betting Trends

  • The Clippers are 3-2 in their last five road contests (4-1 ATS).
  • The Clippers are 3-2 in their last five games against the Celtics (3-2 ATS).
  • The totals have gone over in ten of their last ten road games.
  • The Celtics are 3-2 in their last five games at TD Garden (3-2 ATS).
  • The Celtics are 5-5 in their last ten home games against the Clippers (4-6 ATS).
  • The totals have gone under in three of the Celtics’ last five home games.

Clippers vs. Celtics Expert Betting Prediction

The hosts want to even things out with the Clippers at home. Boston looks solid in their last few outings but still has several lapses to plug, which means an opening might come around for the visitors. Both sides have healthy starting line-ups and second options on Thursday night, which means we get to see the teams in full force. The Celtics get a slight advantage over their opponents in this one.

But make no mistake, the Clips have enough firepower to keep Boston’s defense on its toes. Covering the spread is a non-issue for the visitors while keeping their winning chances alive if they hang on until the fourth quarter. We anticipate a close contest between the two sides.

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