On paper, this looks like the Clippers’ 15th straight victory; however, Boston (14-13) has won three out of the last four meetings between the two clubs and is coming off a very impressive win at Brooklyn on Christmas Day. In that game, the Celtics forced 20 turnovers and held the Nets to only 76 points.
Look for Boston to try to slow the pace and control the middle, using Kevin Garnett to disrupt Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, while Rajon Rondo will look to find Paul Pierce and Jason Terry on the outside for open jump shots. Rondo is also adept at finding his way into the paint, so the Clippers will have to be diligent in keeping him in check.
Honestly, this is exactly the kind of game that worries me most, as the Clippers will be facing the Eastern Conference’s version of the Memphis Grizzlies and the game could be physical and downright ugly at times. That said, the Celtics front line is anchored by three aging players (Pierce, Terry, and Garnett) and the Clippers should be able to use their athleticism to eke out the win. My prediction: Clippers win their 15th in a row, 90-78.
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