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Boston Celtics vs LA Clippers: The Clippers Swept Their 2021-22 Season Series With the Celtics

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated December 12, 2022
15 min read
  • The Boston Celtics continue their six-game road trip, where they've gone 3-1.
  • The LA Clippers enter this game off a win and enter a five-game home stand.
  • The Clippers swept their 2021-22 season series with the Celtics, 2-0.

Boston Celtics vs LA Clippers Predictions and Picks

The Boston Celtics and the LA Clippers face off in what is a star-studded matchup! The Clippers went 2-2 over their recent four-game road trip and now face a five-game home stand. The Boston Celtics are 4-1 over the course of their current road trip, now facing the Clippers in the fifth of their six-game run.

The LA Clippers currently sit seventh in the Western Conference, having gone 4-6 over their last ten games while owning a 7-6 home record. The Celtics on the other hand have been brilliant as of late, sitting first in the Eastern Conference with an 8-2 record over their last ten games and a 10-4 record on the road.

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Celtics vs Clippers Predictions

Head-to-Head: Boston Celtics vs LA Clippers

Boston Celtics
Head-to-HeadLA Clippers
Joe MazzullaHead CoachTyronn Lue
21-6 (1st in East)Standing15-13 (7th in West)
L-W-W-WFormW-L-L-W
120.1 (1st of 30)Off Rtg109.3 (28th of 30)
112.2 (11th of 30)Def Rtg110.8 (6th of 30)
99.1 (18th of 30)Pace98.2 (22nd of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Tatum (30.0)PPGP. George (23.7)
J. Tatum (8.1)RPGI. Zubac (11.2)
M. Smart (7.5)APGJ. Wall (5.6)
M. Smart (1.3)SPGP. George (1.5)
J. Tatum (1.0)BPGI. Zubac (1.6)
L. Kornet (.710)/J. Brown (10.0)FG%/FGMM. Brown (.660)/P. George (8.3)
B. Griffin (.500)/J. Tatum (3.3)3P%/3PML. Kennard (.468)/P. George (3.0)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Danilo GallinariBoston Celtics02 Sep 2022Out (Knee)Gallinari suffered an ACL injury and will be out for the 2022-23 season.
Robert WilliamsBoston Celtics20 Sep 2022Out (Knee)Williams underwent a procedure on his knee and will need 4-6 weeks to recover.
Al HorfordBoston Celtics07 Dec 2022Out (Health & Safety)Horford was placed under league health and safety protocols.
Reggie JacksonLA Clippers09 Dec 2022Out (Rest)Jackson was OUT for the LA Clippers' Saturday (Dec 10).
Norman PowellLA Clippers09 Dec 2022Out (Groin)Powell was OUT for the LA Clippers' Saturday (Dec 10).

Spread: Boston Celtics -3.5 (-107) @ PointsBet

The Boston Celtics will pit their incredible scoring offense against the LA Clippers' tremendous scoring defense. While the Celtics score 120.3 points per game, the LA Clippers have held their opponents to 109.2 points per game while allowing just 34.8% shooting from three. The Clippers are great defensively, but the Celtics still match up very well.

Despite being an excellent defensive team, the Clippers' dreadful offensive game is cause for concern. Despite having the league's fourth-best scoring defense, the LA Clippers still have a minus-1.5 point differential through their 15-13 record. In comparison, the Celtics have the league's highest point differential at plus-7.9.

Scoring is not in the LA Clippers' wheelhouse, but you never know with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard in the lineup. When the Clippers and the Celtics face off, count on the stats and expect Boston's scoring rate to outpace LA.

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The Boston Celtics and the LA Clippers are certain to put on one of the NBA's most contrasting matchups, but you'll need to keep a close eye on them to see if they'll clear the total. With the Celtics being a high-paced scoring team and the Clippers preferring to park the bus and win through defensive effort, it could be difficult for bettors to call.

On the season the Boston Celtics are averaging 120.3 points per game, but just 115.1 points on the road where they are 10-4. The LA Clippers average just 107.7 points per game, and that number actually drops to 104.7 points at home where they are 7-6. If averages hold true, these teams will combine for about 219.8 points when they meet.

Take into account that the Celtics have scored just 116.0 points per game over their last three, while the Clippers have averaged 111.7 in that same stretch of games. Sure to try and push the Clippers in transition with their smaller lineup, but don't be surprised to see the Celtics find success on LA's home court.

How to Watch Boston Celtics vs LA Clippers

  • Who: Boston Celtics & LA Clippers
  • Where: crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  • When: 10:30 PM EST, Monday, December 12, 2022
  • How to Watch: NBA TV, NBA League Pass (Stream)
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