Celtics vs. Clippers NBA Preview

 

Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers on February 02, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.    Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers on February 02, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Friday, February 5th, 2021 – 10:00 PM EDT at Staples Center

 

The Clippers return home to do battle with an Eastern Conference contender in the Boston Celtics, in what both teams hope could be a preview of a postseason matchup with the Larry O’Brien trophy on the line.

 

Will The Celtics Defense Hold Up?

 

The Boston Celtics under Brad Stevens have established a solid identity as a defensive team. They play very strong team defense. But, with Marcus Smart out, their perimeter defense will be lacking in this game, as we saw in their last matchup, which was a loss to the lowly Sacramento Kings. Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be excellent as always, including on both ends of the floor, but it is fair to have some skepticism as to whether that will hold up against a motivated Clippers team.

The Nets are an interesting team when it comes to sports betting. According to Oddstrader, they are the second choice currently to win the 2021 NBA championship.

 

Will The Clippers Carry Their Momentum Home?

 

The Clippers lost a hard fought game against the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week and followed that up with a nice win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The issue with that game was that the Clippers allowed the Cavaliers to hang around until the fourth quarter when they finally put them away. The Clippers then returned home and had a day to prepare for a Boston team in the midst of a road trip.

The Clippers also have an advantage over the Celtics on the shooting floor. They are a very good three point team, with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading the way. These guys have been simply outstanding from distance this season, and with Marcus Smart out for this game, the advantage will be strong for the Clippers on that end of the floor.

 

 

Betting Analysis:

 

This should be a very good game featuring two very good teams. The Celtics have struggled a bit on this long road trip, but you can’t take away the fact that they have several stars on their roster that are capable of carrying them to wins against anyone in the league on any given night. The loss of Marcus Smart is a big loss to this team to be sure, but they are still a very talented team, coached by one of the absolute best in the NBA. They are a tough out for any team.

Normally the first game after a road trip is a fade spot for the home squad, but the Clippers have several things going for them in this spot. They are excellent from beyond the arc with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading the way. Additionally they have the motivation factor in their favor off the loss to Brooklyn and a closer than it appeared win against Cleveland. The Clippers should return to their home floor hungry for a win. Now they get the chance against another Eastern Conference contender to make a statement. I think the Clippers will make full use of this opportunity. I think the Clippers will be able to outshoot the Celtics and play enough defense to slow Jaylon Brown and Jason Tatum. I like the home squad here to get the job done and cover the number.

 

 

NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers -5 (-110) at BetMGM

Nets vs. Thunder NBA Preview

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.   Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP

 

The Nets are in the midst of a bit of a road trip as they visit the Sooner State on Friday evening to take on the Thunder. They carved out an overtime win on Wednesday in Atlanta against the Hawks. The Thunder have won two games in a row and return home for the first game since their west coast road trip last week.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Friday, January 29th, 2021 – 08:00 PM EDT at Chesapeake Energy Arena

 

Will Brooklyn’s Lack of Depth Hurt Them?

 

The Nets have three absolute all-stars in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. There is no disput about it. They are great talents in their own rights. The issue with this Nets team right now is their lack of size and depth. If you watch them play, they are out-rebounded often and play very little defense, particularly on the inside. That’s because they traded away their size and depth and are exceptionally reliant on KD, Kyrie and Harden as a result. The issue with this strategy is that these guys skill sets are somewhat redundant. Kyrie and Harden both like to be the primary ball-handler. They both like to bring the ball up court. All three of them fall into iso-heavy play at times during games. They all are going to take a lot of shots. When the shots are falling the Nets are going to be near impossible to beat. When they’re not falling, the Nets are highly susceptible to defeat. Also, their lack of defense and rebounding leaves the back-door open for covers against a lot of teams.

The Nets are an interesting team when it comes to sports betting. According to Oddstrader, they are the second choice currently to win the 2021 NBA championship.

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Nuggets vs. Suns NBA Preview

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns brings the ball up court. Justin Ford/Getty Images/AFP

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns brings the ball up court. Justin Ford/Getty Images/AFP


Friday is the first in a two game set between the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns in which the Suns will play host. This game is a story of two teams that have been on a bit of a roller coaster in the 2020-2021 campaign. Both have lofty playoff aspirations, which is the first time that could be said of the Suns in quite a while, and are anxious to steady their respective ships amongst the waves they have been enduring of late.

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns

at Phoenix Suns Arena

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