Celtics at Clippers: Prediction, point spread, odds, over/under, betting picks

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Nick Schwartz
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Friday’s nightcap on the NBA schedule is a premier, nationally televised game you don’t want to miss. The Boston Celtics continue their road trip with a stop in Los Angeles to face the Clippers, and if you’re looking to do some last-minute betting research, you’re in luck! We’ll give you the latest point spread, moneyline odds and over-under number, as well as the information you’ll need to make the smartest bet on BetMGM.

The game tips off at 10 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN.

The Celtics (11-9) are midway through a brutal stretch of the schedule, and have dropped three of their last four games with dates against the Clippers, Suns and Jazz yet to come before a return home to Boston. The Clippers (17-6), meanwhile, have been one of the best teams in the NBA over the last month, winning 11 of 13 – and perhaps more impressively, going 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games.

Patrick Beverley is out for the Clippers, while the Celtics will be missing Marcus Smart and Romeo Langford. Payton Pritchard (MCL sprain) and Jaylen Brown (left knee soreness) are listed as questionable for Boston.

The lines, courtesy of BetMGM

  • Point spread: Clippers -6.5

  • Money line: Clippers -275 / Celtics +220

  • Over-under: 219.5

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Advice and prediction

The Celtics are certainly good enough to cover this spread with a solid performance, but it’s hard to bet against the Clippers in their current form. They’re 8-3 against the spread recently despite just returning from a long road trip, boast a top-3 offense, and rank fourth in the league in adjusted net rating, far ahead of the Celtics in 14th. Take the Celtics -6.5, and consider doubling up with a -3.5 first half bet.

I also like Over 219.5 on Friday. The over has hit in four of the last five Clippers game. The Clippers have the most efficient offense in the NBA, they make 15 threes a game, and they’ll force the Celtics to score if they hope to keep the game close. Barring a Clippers blowout, I think the over hits comfortably.

Prediction: Clippers 119, Celtics 109

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