Boston Celtics (41-26) at Los Angeles Clippers (38-29)
NBA Basketball: Monday March 11th, 2019 at 10:35 PM EDT (Staples Center)
Line and Odds: Los Angeles Clippers -1
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Two popular East and West cities will clash in this Monday night basketball game. The Boston Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 games and sit in fifth place in the East. The Celtics are 3-0 on their California road trip and one of those games was a much needed, blowout win against the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers are 7-3 in their last 10 games and sit in eighth place in the West. Los Angeles has won four games in a row and one of those games was a huge win against the Sacramento Kings, who are right behind the Clippers for the last playoff spot. One winning streak will end tonight and the game will be close, just like the spread is.
The Boston Celtics lately have had a few mini winning streaks and losing streaks. They are a game back of the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers for third and fourth in the conference. Boston will probably on and off leap frog these teams in the standings for the remainder of the season and will try to finish at least fourth because it will help to have home court advantage for at least round one of the playoffs. The best Celtic in the last few games has been Kyrie Irving. Irving is coming off a 30 point game over the Los Angeles Lakers and a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists against the Warriors. Boston has had strong games from their other amazing players and depth scoring as well. Look for another strong first and third quarter from this team.
The Los Angeles Clippers have a slim, four game lead on the Kings for the eighth spot in the West and they are in a three way tie for potentially sixth place with the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs. Just like the Celtics, the Clippers will be playing leap from with these teams and who knows who they will play first in the playoffs. This game against the Celtics will be game two of a six game homestand for LA and a perfect road trip may propel them into a battle for home court in the first round. The Clippers are coming off a great statement win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lou Williams led the way for LA with 40 points and Danilo Gallinari played great with 36 points. Los Angeles built a 12 point lead and had a strong fourth for the big win. Look for Gallinari to play well again and the Clippers depth to come through as well.
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So, who will win this up for grabs game? On January Ninth, the Clippers won 123-112. The Celtics blew a 23 point first quarter lead and LA had an amazing second half, out scoring Boston 70-38. Both teams had at least seven players in double figures. This time around the depth will be there, but it will be a tight game throughout. Both these teams need to keep the wins going and Boston is more desperate then LA for seeding in the conference. Even though Boston might not have Jayson Tatum play, they still have enough Celtic luck and skill to get the road win. Boston wins 110-107.
Pick: Boston Celtics +1