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Clippers @ Celtics: Irving, Celtics set to host Clippers on Saturday night

Clippers @ Celtics NBA odds spreads and predictions

The Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics will battle it out at TD Garden on Saturday night.

The Clippers are 2-2 in their last four games, and they will look to get back to winning ways against the Celtics on Saturday.

In their last matchup on Thursday night, Montrezl Harrell finished with 19 points, four assists, two steals and two blocks for the Clippers in a 116-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Danilo Gallinari added 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks, and Lou Williams and Johnathan Motley chipped in 10 points apiece off the bench for the Clippers in the loss.

Game information

When is it? Saturday February 9th

What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? TD Garden

The lowdown

The Boston Celtics are coming off a heartbreaking loss of their own on Thursday night.

Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals for the Celtics in a game when Rajon Rondo hit a shot at the buzzer for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 129-128 victory over the Celtics at TD Garden.

Jayson Tatum contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Daniel Theis added 20 points, six rebounds, and two blocks, Terry Rozier had 19 points, four rebounds and six assists, and Jaylen Brown chipped in 18 points for the Celtics in the loss.

Boston will look to rebound once again at home on Saturday against the Clippers.

Clippers @ Celtics Spread

The Boston Celtics are giving the Clippers 11 points in this matchup.

I think there's no doubt that the Celtics are going to come away with a win in this one, however, what concerns me most is how much they actually win by.

I like the Celtics to ultimately win this game, but I believe the 11 points being given to the Clippers is way too much to pass on. I think the Clippers are good enough to keep this a competitive game, even if they lose by 10 points.

Roll with the Clippers and the points in this one.

Clippers @ Celtics Over/Under

The over/under in this one is set at 225.5 total points.

My final score prediction: Boston Celtics 120, Los Angeles Clippers 115.

Take the over in this basketball game.

Where the game will be won or lost

In their first game after the trade deadline, the Clippers' new players are expected to take the court on Saturday night against the Celtics.

The Clippers are clinging onto a playoff spot with only 26 games left, but they decided to tweak their roster before the trade deadline on Thursday. Los Angeles traded away Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, and they traded shooting guard Avery Bradley to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.

In return, the Clippers received players and draft picks. Los Angeles acquired Wilson Chandler, Garrett Temple, JaMychal Green and Landry Shamet in the Harris and Bradley trades. The Clippers also received Mike Muscala from the 76ers, and then traded him the next day to the Los Angeles Lakers for Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley.

The Celtics, on the other hand, didn't make any moves before the trade deadline. Boston hosted the Lakers on Thursday night, and lost 129-128 on the last-second buzzer beater by Rajon Rondo.

Boston entered the weekend tied with the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers for the third-through-fifth spots in the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics won five in a row and 10 of 11 before their heartbreaking loss to the Lakers.

Look for Boston to rebound in a big way on Saturday night against the Clippers.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NBA