We've got a marquee matchup at Staples Center on Wednesday night.
The 11-2 Boston Celtics will take on Paul George, (possibly) Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers in a matchup of two teams that look like serious NBA title contenders.
Our betting track record has been nearly as strong as the team in green, as we moved to 18-11-1 picking Celtics games following Boston's win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Leonard's uncertain status due to a knee injury makes Celtics-Clippers a tricky one to predict, but there are some notable trends worth considering as you head to the sportsbook.
Here are our moneyline, point spread and point total betting predictions for C's-Clippers, followed by two NBA locks against the spread.
(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)
Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Wednesday night will be Boston's toughest test of the season, even if Leonard misses another game due to a left knee contusion. The Clippers are one of the few teams that can match the Celtics' depth and secondary scoring, while Paul George has been brilliant through his first three games (29.3 points per game). I'm riding with the Clippers (-250) at home.
Point Spread: The Celtics are 11-2 for a reason. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been excellent lately, and Kemba Walker have displayed his playmaking chops with 14 assists in his last two games. A lot hinges on Leonard's availability, but I think the Celtics (+6) keep this close and cover.
Point Total: Did the Celtics leave their offense back in Boston? The C's are averaging a paltry 101 points per game to begin their west coast trip, and the UNDER has hit in seven of L.A.'s nine home games this season. Boston may pull a fast one here, but I don't see this reaching the 218 point total.
Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 18-11-1
NBA Locks of the Night
Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors (-3): The Magic are riding a three-game winning streak, but two of those wins came against the Spurs and Wizards. The Raptors are undefeated at home this season, so they should be able to cover this tiny spread.
Utah Jazz (-3.5) at Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves have been weirdly bad at home this season (3-4), and Utah is 5-2 against the spread in its last seven games against Minnesota. I like the Jazz snapping their mini-losing streak with a quality road win.
Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 10-9-1
Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Clippers, which tips off Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.