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LA Clippers vs. Boston,
02/09/2019 20:00 EDT,
Score: 123 - 112
Point Spread: +12/-113 LA Clippers
8* LA Clippers (8:05 ET): Boston is better than its record and will probably end up playing in the Eastern Conference Finals. But that doesn't mean they aren't overvalued for tonight's home game vs. the Clippers. It was a very tough loss the Celtics took Thursday night against the Lakers as they fell 129-128 on a Rajon Rondo buzzer beater. That was a game where they outscored LA in three of the four quarters, yet still lost. Even as winners of 10 of their previous 12, I don't see the Celtics winning this game by any kind of significant margin as the Clippers come in as a desperate underdog. Take the points.
The Clippers come into tonight holding the coveted 8th spot in the Western Conference, but you know the Lakers are close behind and now surprising Sacramento is just one-half game back. Even though trading Tobias Harris seemed to signal the future is more important than the present here, do not look for this group to roll over. A bunch of new faces are expected to debut tonight, not just the ones that came over from the Harris trade, but also those who came over in exchange from Avery Bradley going to Memphis. Remember that the Clippers are one of the league's deepest teams and lead the league in bench scoring. Their top scorer (Lou Williams) is a reserve.
Boston is only 2-4-1 ATS its last seven games and one of the covers came by a single point in a close win over OKC. I was actually stunned to see the Clippers are only 11-17 ATS this season as underdogs, given that they have been better than expected. I think that this line is the oddsmakers anticipating the public will give up on LA due to the moves at the trade deadline, but I expect them to remain competitive. This will only be the 2nd time all year that LA is going to be a double digit dog. The first was back on 12/23 at Golden State and they lost that game by only two points. They were +9.5 last month in San Antonio and won the game outright. 8* LA Clippers