Clippers Running out of Players for Boston on Wednesday

Jason Lake

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 1:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 1:21 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Clippers will host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, but the home side can’t seem to stay healthy. Will the C’s take advantage and beat the NBA odds?

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles ClippersFree NBA Pick: ClippersBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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You never know quite what you’re going to get with the Los Angeles Clippers. We weren’t sure if DeAndre Jordan (ankle) was going to play for the Clippers on Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves – he did not. For that matter, Jimmy Butler’s status was up in the air for Minnesota. Butler didn’t play, either, but the Wolves foiled our contingency plans by winning 126-118 as 2.5-point road dogs.

We’re OK with that. Minnesota got 40 points (!) from Andrew Wiggins and 30 points (!!) from Jeff Teague, both season highs. That’s not going to happen very often. So let’s dust ourselves off and get ready for Wednesday’s game (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Staples Center between the Clippers and the Boston Celtics. Jordan is listed as doubtful for this game, which makes our job a little easier here at the ranch – even if the NBA odds have yet to come out at press time.

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What Jawun Ado?

Jordan’s absence won’t make things easier for the Clippers (23-23 SU, 25-20-1 ATS). They’re running out of warm bodies; rookie PG Jawun Evans (minus-4.8 BPM) is the latest casualty, a late scratch from Monday’s game with a sore lower abdomen. Evans is listed as out for Wednesday, alongside fellow guard Austin Rivers (minus-1.2 BPM) and his strained Achilles. This is a problem for the L.A. backcourt, given that Patrick Beverley (plus-0.9 BPM) is out for the season with a torn knee, and C.J. Williams (minus-0.5 BPM) is in the G-League rehabbing a sprained ankle.

The Celtics (34-14 SU, 27-19-2 ATS) are healthy for the most part, if we forget about Gordon Hayward – although he’s shed his ankle brace and is already shooting 3-pointers in the gym. However, Boston did just get put through the wringer by the Los Angeles Lakers, losing 108-107 Monday night as 5-point road faves. They’ll have to shake it off and play the Clippers, who were idle Monday. Boston is 5-3 SU and 3-5 ATS this year on zero days of rest. The C’s may have some extra motivation, but this is probably a good spot to put the Clippers in your NBA picks, depending on how the first lines come out.

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