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The Boston Celtics ended their losing run with a three-game winning streak and now welcome the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
NBA odds have the Celtics at -6, which has been a profitable bet so far, but the Clippers are trending in the right direction.
It’s the best game on NBA Thursday and we can’t wait.
Let’s check the latest NBA odds, stats, injury report and NBA lines for Celtics vs Clippers. We’ve plenty of NBA betting odds for you to consider.
Clippers Finding Best Form
It wasn’t the best start for the Clippers, but they’re now looking like an NBA title contender at 21-15.
The Western Conference team has won four of their last five games, including road wins over the Pistons and Raptors. We were impressed with Tuesday’s 124-113 win over the Raptors, and a healthy roster had much to do with it.
Kawhi Leonard’s fitness has been a big reason why the Clippers’ form has improved, and although they are 19-17 against the spread, they have covered the spread in four of their last five games.
Leonard loved his return to Toronto, which was an emotional game for the NBA champion.
“It’s always great memories coming in this arena,” Leonard said. “I’d rather give the fans in Toronto the chance to see me play again. That was part of my decision.”
They are good enough to beat the Celtics. They have already beaten them when scoring a 113-93 win earlier this month, so the +6 line could be seen as generous with NBA betting markets.
Celtics Knuckling Down
The Celtics started the year red-hot before cooling off with consecutive losses to the lowly Orlando Magic. However, since losing to the Pacers 117-112 on Dec 21, they rebounded with three consecutive wins.
They got the better of Minnesota, Milwaukee, and Houston, so they were quality wins and bettors have cashed in with their 20-14-1 ATS record.
Putting up 139 points in a 139-118 win over the Bucks holds them in good stead and the NBA title favorites have shown up on the defensive end.
“There’s a difference between trying to be a tough guy and letting your opponent know that I’m not backing down, I’m not afraid of any challenge or any matchup whatsoever,” Jaylen Brown said about playing tough defense. “At that moment I was just letting him know that.“
The Celtics have cashed for bettors, covering the last three spreads, and giving bettors confidence. The sportsbook gives the Celtics plenty of respect at -6 at home, where they are 14-5 overall.
Covering the spread requires a big game from Jayson Tatum, who averages 31.1 points per game and is the driving force behind their impressive offensive numbers.
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Clippers vs Celtics Head-to-Head
The Clippers have covered the last three spreads against the Celtics, including winning as the +4 underdog in December.
Prior to the three-game covering streak, the Celtics covered four on the trot from 2019 to 2021.
The Clippers are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Boston.
Clippers vs Celtics Game Information
- Game: Clippers (21-15) vs Celtics (25-10)
- Day/Time: Thursday, Dec. 29, 7.30 p.m. ET
- Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
- Celtics vs Clippers Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Clippers vs Celtics Betting Lines
Clippers vs Celtics Picks & Prediction
Despite the Clippers’ recent record against the Celtics, we’re going with the home team to cover the spread.
There is something different about the Celtics this year, and they look set to return to the NBA Finals, so scoring wins over the best Western Conference teams is important.
Betting online markets could take money for the Celtics, so take the line available.
Los Angeles is listed at +200 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Clippers, there’s a chance to win $200. Boston is -240, offering a chance to win $42 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Los Angeles a 33.33% chance to win, with the Celtics at 70.59%.
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Celtics vs Clippers Previous Game (Dec 12, 2022)
The Boston Celtics finish their road trip in Los Angeles and face the Clippers. The NBA betting lines favor Boston as the Clippers continue to struggle, especially on the offensive side. The home team has been one so-so at home. A low-scoring game dictated by the defense could be the result, especially with several key players hurting for the Clippers.