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The Boston Celtics continue their eight game road trip March 12 when they play their second game in as many nights in the Staples Center. This time however, their opponent will be the Los Angeles Clippers, not the Lakers. Boston is currently in second place in the Atlantic division.

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In the playoff race, they are in seventh place in their conference where only eight teams qualify for post season. The Clippers are practically tied for first place in their division, just percentage points ahead of the Lakers. The Clippers are also in third place in the Western Conference playoff race trailing San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

Boston’s defense is the third best in the league, as they are only giving up 89.7 points a game. Offensively they have struggled, as they only average 91 points per game. Paul Pierce their veteran guard leads the team in scoring, while power forward Kevin Garnett is their leading rebounder. The Clippers are led by the duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Griffin is the team leader in scoring and rebounds, while Paul leads the team in assists and steals and is second in scoring.

Players of note injured include Jermaine O’Neal for the Celtics who is day to day and Kenyon Martin for the Clippers who is also day to day. Earlier in the year, the Clippers lost Chauncey Billups their veteran guard for the season to an Achilles injury.

Head to head the matchup is even. Both teams are 5-5 SU in the last 10 games between the two. The Clippers are 8-2 ATS in those same 10 games. The total has been UNDER 7 times in those same 10 games. This will be the first meeting between the two this season.

Boston is 3-1 SU over their last four games and Los Angeles is 2-2 SU. The game should be a tightly contested defensive battle, as the Celtics will play the shot clock to slow the tempo of the game. Boston ATS is where sharp money is being placed with the total leaning toward UNDER.

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Monday, March 12th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting

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