The Clippers have lost two of three coming into their matchup with the Celtics, while Boston had a seven-game winning streak snapped when they lost to the Houston Rockets Tuesday night.
Clippers Look to Even Record on Road Trip
The Los Angeles Clippers come into play with a record of 37-17, four games behind the Lakers in the Pacific Division. They are 1-2 on their current four-game road trip after losing 110-103 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
The loss pushed the Clippers’ record on the road to 15-12. Paul George was held to 11 points on 3-15 shooting, but Kawhi Leonard picked up the slack, scoring 30 to keep Los Angeles close in the game.
Newly acquired Marcus Morris Sr. scored 13 points in his second game with the Clippers. On the injury front, guard Patrick Beverley will miss his fourth straight injury as a result of a groin injury.
The Clippers are led offensively by Leonard who is averaging 27.1 and 7.4 rebounds per game. George is averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, and Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell continue to be a force off the bench for the Clippers as the pair are averaging 19.2 and 18.7 points per game respectively. The Clippers are averaging 115.6 points per game, good for sixth in the league and they shoot 46.4% from the floor.
Celtics Look to Finish First Half Strong
The Boston Celtics come into play with a record of 37-16, two games behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division. They had their seven-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night by the Houston Rockets.
Forward Jayson Tatum had a string of nine straight games with at least 20 points snapped as well. He scored 15 points in the loss, shooting just 5-15 from the field.
Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 20 points, and Jaylen Brown scored 19 before leaving the game with a left calf contusion. He is probable for the game against the Clippers.
Boston will wrap up the season series with the Clippers looking for a split. They lost to the Clippers 107-104 in overtime on November 20. Tatum led the Celtics with 30 points in that loss.
Tatum will be leaving for Chicago after the game as he will be making his first all-star appearance. He leads the Celtics with 22.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Point guard Kemba Walker is averaging 21.8 points and five assists per game, and Brown is averaging 20.2 points per game for a Celtics team that averages 112.6 points per game, good for 12th in the league. They shoot 46.3% from the floor.
Betting Lines and Predictions
BetOnline has a moneyline on this game of Boston -120. The Celtics are favored by 1.5 points. Boston has a phenomenal record at home, going 22-5 at TD Garden. Jayson Tatum has fully earned his all-star status and is quickly becoming the leader of the Celtics.
Will Jaylen Brown be healthy enough to be a factor? That is the question that will determine the outcome of this game. He says he is going to gut it out, and look for his teammates to follow his lead. Take the Celtics in this one.