The LA Clippers have continued to remain among the top records in the Western Conference. The Clippers are coming off a tough road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have also respectively held up in the Eastern Conference near the top of the standings. The Celtics are heading into the contest after a tough double-digit road loss to the Houston Rockets.
Clippers looking to bounce back on the roadThe Clippers have moved through the season holding one of the top marks in the Western Conference. They have had much success behind their deep roster that has seen them earn the recognition as being a legitimate title threat this season. The big splashes over the offseason with the acquisitions of their two All-Star forwards have helped further set the tone for the rest of the roster. The Clippers have had their hiccups along the way as their lack of true floor time together due to injuries have impacted their chemistry. Los Angeles has one of the most talented teams in the league, but nagging injuries to their core group have prevented them from garnering any significant footing this season.
They have hit a bit of a speed bump over the last couple of weeks, having dropped four out of their last 10 games played. That has seen them fall twice in their previous three games, which has seen their core group struggle to breakthrough on the road. However, the Clippers have the talent to beat any team in the league led by the stellar play of star forward Kawhi Leonard, who has turned it up a notch in his last seven games as he's shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and 46.9 percent from beyond the arc along with 7.6 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per contest. In his previous five games played, Leonard has tallied north of 20 points four times, including a pair of 30-point outings. The Clippers will need him to step it up on the road against one of the top teams in the league. If LA is to have a chance on the road against a tough home team, it will need a strong collective effort beyond Leonard.
Celtics looking to continue home dominanceLike the Clippers, the Celtics also went through some major changes to their roster. That saw a pair of All-Star move in free agency, which created a significant void on the roster. However, the Celtics have plenty of talent that has seen the addition of All-Star point guard Kemba Walker fit in seamlessly into the fold as one of their primary scorers on the floor. Although he has struggled with injuries as of late, Walker has been a consistent piece to the puzzle offenively this season. Walker is currently second on the team with 21.8 points per contest on 43.3 percent shooting from the floor and 38.8 percent from beyond the arc. He has since made his return to the floor in the previous three games where he has tallied at least 14 points and more than 20 points once during that span.
It has been much more than just Walker's production that has guided them forward to being among the best records in the Eastern Conference and to win eight out of their last 10 games played. They have one of the deepest teams in the league that has put them in the spot competing for a top spot in the East. That has also seen the emergence of their young talent into more prominent offensive roles. That hasn't been clearer than the play of third-year forward Jayson Tatum, whose stellar play this year has earned him his first All-Star Game selection. Tatum is leading the team with 22.1 p0ints, which has seen a recent uptick when Walker was out of the lineup. In his last seven games played, he's averaging 25.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting from the floor and 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. In his previous five games, Tatum has tallied north of 20 points four times, and more than 30 points twice. The Celtics are hitting their stride and have plenty of depth to push them past the Clippers.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are:
- Boston is 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games.