Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics Online Basketball Betting Preview
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
For most of the 2018 online basketball betting season, the Boston Celtics were the undeniable frontrunners to win the Eastern Conference. But things took a sudden turn when the Cleveland Cavaliers gutted half their roster to surround LeBron James with a more suitable squad. And judging from the 121-99 loss the Cavs hung on Boston the other night, it’s safe to assume that things have worked out for Cleveland. In fact, most sportsbook betting pundits now believe the Cavs are the unchallenged favorites in the East. In this evening’s Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics matchup, the Celts will do all they can to prove that notion wrong. Let’s take a look at what kind of sports parlay odds the Celtics are facing on home court this evening.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics – Wednesday, February 14th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Stream: Watch ESPN, NBA League Pass
Online Basketball Betting Lines:
Los Angeles Clippers +4 ½ (-110) 208 ½ (-110) +160
Boston Celtics -4 ½ (-110) 208 ½ (-110) -185
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers chip their way into this Wednesday night matchup flashing a 29-26 record that ranks them as the 2nd best team in the Pacific Division but the 9th worst team in the Western Conference. At the current moment, the Clippers are a whopping 14-games behind the Golden State Warriors, who lead both the conference and the Pacific. Nevertheless, Los Angeles is just one game shy of usurping the New Orleans Pelicans for the no. 8 spot in the conference. In other words; the Clippers can crack the playoff cut this evening with an upset win over the Celtics. By the looks of it, the sportsbook betting odds are giving Los Angeles a fighting chance this evening. Should online basketball betting players take a shot on the underdog in this evening’s Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics contest?
The Clippers might be able to pull off the upset tonight, but there’s not enough value available on them to make the bet worthwhile. On the other hand, taking Boston straight up at home seems like a great option. This evening’s contest will mark the 3rd straight the Celts have played on home court. For the Clippers, this will be the 4th straight game they play on the road. With that in mind, it’s pretty clear which team bettors should be favoring this evening.
The Celtics bounce into this inter-conference pairing flashing a 40-18 record that pegs them as the 2nd best team in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The team currently beating the Celtics in both those arenas is the Toronto Raptors, whose 40-16 record gives them a slightly higher win percentage than their division rival. Notwithstanding the fact that they share the division with Toronto, the Cavs might be a bigger cause for concern for Boston this season. Granted, the Raptors just beat the Celtics by 20 several nights ago, so it’s not like Toronto isn’t a threat. But the fact that Cleveland hung 30 on Boston should send chills down Kyrie Irving’s spine. As for this evening’s matchup; Boston needs a strong showing to prove that they are still a top-2 team in the East.
Judging by each team’s stats, the Celtics need a valiant effort on the court to dominate the Clippers. The reason being, that Los Angeles wields the 7th best scoring offense in the NBA. However, Boston might just have the perfect answer for that top-rated scoring offense. Since the Celtics rank second in the league in points allowed per game, they should be able to somewhat contain the Clippers.