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Celtics vs. Clippers odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, Dec. 29 prediction from proven computer model

Prior to missing four games due to health and safety protocols, Clippers power forward Marcus Morris scored 24 points in back-to-back games. When he returned on Dec. 27, he scored 24 again in a loss to Brooklyn. With seven players likely out against the Celtics on Wednesday, Los Angeles needs Morris to step up once more, as Boston will be without star Jayson Tatum, who is currently complying with health and safety protocols as well. The Celtics and Clippers have each lost three of their last four, so both teams are hungry for a win.

Boston is favored by six points in the latest Celtics vs. Clippers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 209.5. Before entering any Clippers vs. Celtics picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 48-24 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Clippers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Celtics vs. Clippers:

  • Celtics vs. Clippers spread: Celtics -6
  • Celtics vs. Clippers over-under: 209.5 points

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What you need to know about the Celtics

The Celtics were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Monday in a 108-103 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite the loss, Boston had strong showings from power forward Al Horford, who had 16 points and six assists in addition to nine rebounds, and point guard Payton Pritchard, who had 24 points and six assists along with eight boards. Horford had missed the five previous games, but returned with his highest offensive output since he scored 21 points on Dec. 3 against Utah.

Although Boston has hovered around .500 for most of the season, it has been a tough defensive team. In fact, opponents have shot just 44.3 percent from the field. Boston has been a decent rim-protecting side, averaging 5.5 blocks per game. 

What you need to know about the Clippers

The game between the Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets on Monday wasn’t particularly close, with the 124-108 result going to the Nets. Los Angeles was down by 20 points at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Besides Morris’ 24 points, few others were able to get much going offensively. Rookie shooting guard Keon Johnson did score a career-high 15 points off the bench, and his 17 minutes on the floor were also the most he’s played this season.

Los Angeles has a chance to keep things close if it can continue its strong perimeter defense. The Clippers allow opponents to hit just under 34 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc, and Boston isn’t a particularly strong 3-point shooting team to begin with. Defensively, Los Angeles allows its opposition to score just 105.3 points per game.

How to make Clippers vs. Celtics picks

The model has simulated Celtics vs. Clippers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning over, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

Who wins Celtics vs. Clippers? And which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the computer model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out

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