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Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics – Picks & Predictions
The Thursday night NBA action this week will open with a 7:30 game between the Boston Celtics (37-11) and visiting Los Angeles Lakers (24-25).
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Head-to-Head: Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics
The Celtics enter this matchup with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 37-11 and an astounding 22-2 record at home. The twist: both of their home losses have come in their last four home games.
Does that mean the Lakers can strike while the iron is hot and be the third team to upset the Celtics in TD Garden? It’s doubtful. Boston suffered their first home loss to the Denver Nuggets by a score of 100-102. Their second home loss – 96-115 against the Los Angeles Clippers – happened while center Kristaps Porzingis was sidelined with an ankle injury. The Celtics are entering this matchup with all of their primary contributors ready to go, and the Lakers haven’t been nearly as dominant as either the Nuggets (33-15) or Clippers (31-15) this season.
What the Lakers are is 7-17 on the road this season – had they not eked out a 145-144 OT win over the Warriors on Saturday, they’d be without a win in their last seven away games. They rank 28th and 30th in 3-point field goals made (11.0) and attempted (30.2) per game, respectively, and 30th in offensive rebounds (8.4) per game. Overall, the Lakers rank 14th in points per game (116.3) and 20th in points allowed per game (117.4), and give up a league-high 31.3 points per first quarter.
How to Bet on Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics
Betting markets for the Lakers and Celtics will be available on all major US sportsbook apps. Be sure to browse your available betting operators for the best odds on the bets you want to make, as well as any unique props or sports betting promotions for the game.
In addition, make sure to double-check the injury report before tipoff to verify that you know who’s ready to play for both teams.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Odds
- Money Line: Los Angeles Lakers +460, Boston Celtics -620
- Spread: BOS -11.0
- Total: o/u 240.5
Betting Tips for Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics
- The Celtics are 22-2 in 24 home games this season.
- The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Lakers are 1-6 in their last 7 games on the road.
- The Over is 7-0 in the Lakers’ last 7 games.
- The Under is 7-2 in the Celtics’ last 9 games.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Predictions
Injuries to Porzingis and Al Horford have played a significant role, but the Celtics have cleared an 11-point margin of victory in one of their last seven games. They’re coming off two home wins over the New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers by margins of 118-112 and 129-124, respectively. Don’t be surprised if it stays close between them and the Lakers on Thursday night, even if they still look like the better team and pull through in the end.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers +11