HRWager’s NBA Free Pick looks at the unintended humor of the current situation revolving around the Clippers. Blake is finally cleared for contact and goes immediately into suspended mode for four games. How will this deep team fare with a superstar that shirks from physical play in the post season? Tonight LAC gets to host the Boston Celtics. Line on this one is only +3 on Boston! What is keeping this game close and which way will the winds of profit come in from for this 10PM start on March 28th?
NBA Free Pick : Both Teams Hot
Boston comes into this one riding a four game winning streak and being second place in the Atlantic at 43-30. This surge has countered the slump before that has seen them go 5-5 in the last ten. Clippers have also righted their ship with a pair of wins at the Staples Center. This puts them 4-6 in their last ten. LA is playing minutes getting their post season rotations set as they are far enough ahead of Memphis (4.5 games) to not lose their home court advantage against them in the first round. As to Blake, he comes back after three more games and then has to get into game shape. This is an awful element for chemistry in the future but not tonight against Boston.
Phoning it In Out West
Boston won by three points at Phoenix to start a five game road trip. Celtic three point shooting was woeful at 8-29. Unlike the Clippers, Boston’s positioning is nowhere from secure as all the way from the 3rd seed to the sixth are clumped together. Most look at the Suns game as an effort to save energy for the tougher games like this one. The interesting dynamic for this one is the energy that Boston brings to three point defense. They lead the league in this stat and will need to keep sharp as JJ Reddick in particular has really good games against them in the recent past.
Normally this team out west would be more than +3 against the Clippers however they are already in another mode. Playoffs secure and their slotting as well, they are coping with the issues of who gets what minutes when Griffin returns. Look for individual efforts but not team work from the Clippers tonight. Boston has enough in the tank and reasons to play for here. Take the Celtics plus the points as your HRWager NBA Free Pick of the Day. Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at the HRW.