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NBA Odds: Celtics Continue West Swing At Clippers

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Los Angeles Clippers had been a basketcase franchise for most of the past decade, but they've been a surprisingly-feisty opponent for the Boston Celtics in recent years. They'll meet again on Monday night. Get your NBA odds for the match at Bovada.
 
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The Celtics and Clippers have split their 10 most recent meetings 5-5, and backers of Los Angeles were paid handsomely in that stretch – the Clippers have covered the posted spread on the Bovada's NBA betting line in eight of their past 10 games against Boston.
 
And that includes a current run of six straight covers against the Celtics, with the teams most recently meeting last March in a 108-103 road win for Los Angeles in Boston; the Clippers had been listed as big 9-point underdogs in that OVER result.
 
Los Angeles didn't even need a big contribution from Blake Griffin to earn that victory, as he was held to just 12 points and seven rebounds in the contest. Mo Williams scored a team-high 28 points for the Clippers that night, with DeAndre Jordan adding 21 points.
 
Ray Allen tossed in 23 points for the Celtics in that defeat last March, while since-departed Nenad Krstic had 20 points, and Paul Pierce contributed 19 points. Rajon Rondo scored 13 points and picked up nine assists for Boston that night.
 
That contest was the second straight OVER result between the Celtics and Clippers, although the UNDER had paid out in their previous five meetings. Overall the OVER/UNDER is at 3-7 in the past 10 games between the teams.
 
Boston will be looking to pick up the pace this week despite being on an extended road trip; they're still in the thick of the race to win the weakened Atlantic Division. The Clippers are finding it difficult to shake the experienced Lakers in the Pacific Division standings.
 
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