The LA Clippers suffered what was arguably their most disappointing loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling 105-100 to the Milwaukee Bucks after going scoreless down the stretch. On Tuesday night, they'll get a shot at redemption in another nationally-televised contest with the Boston Celtics.
LA struggled in its previous matchup with Boston in February, a 119-115 defeat. The Clippers made things interesting in the final minutes, but Boston's 38-point third quarter proved to be too much to overcome.
That said, there are a handful of reasons why we shouldn't expect a repeat performance tonight. For starters, the Clippers are expected to have an intact rotation. This wasn't the case for their last matchup with the Celtics, as the team was without Paul George and Patrick Beverley. LA also has a greater rest advantage this time around, though it remains slim.
On Boston's end, the team will be without Marcus Smart and potentially Jaylen Brown, who is currently considered questionable due to a knee injury.
The Clippers are more than capable of overwhelming a shorthanded Celtics team — especially one that's been so inconsistent — and there's reason to believe they'll come away with a win on Tuesday night. LA is 10-1 this season in games after a loss, and with the first half of the season winding down, the Clippers will be determined to go into the All-Star break on a high note.
How to Watch
Matchup: LA Clippers (24-12) at Boston Celtics (17-17)
Date: Tuesday, March 2
Time: 4:30 p.m. PT
Venue: TD Garden
Broadcast Information: TNT
Spread: Clippers -4
Moneyline: Celtics +150, Clippers -178
Point Total: O/U 220.5
Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook