LA Lakers vs Boston Celtics Picks and Predictions April 15

Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Picks and Predictions

The star power is missing, but Lakers vs Celtics is still must-see TV when they step onto the court. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis still out of the lineup, the Celtics have opened as a 6-point road favorite over the Lakers with the total sitting at 211 points. The Gold Sheet offers their NBA betting preview for Thursday night’s TNT nightcap between Boston and Los Angeles.

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Boston has turned up the juice lately, winning six of its last seven games with F Jayson Tatum going nuts over the last four of those, scoring 34.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 52-percent. Jaylen Brown has had his back with 25.5 points and 7.0 rebound per game in that time. The Lakers have toggled win-lose-win-lose in nine-straight (they are due for a loss), and they’ve dropped four of their last five spread decisions at Staples Center. Los Angeles’ games have gone under the total in 11 of their last 14 at home. Lakers stars LeBron James (out another 2-3 weeks) and Anthony Davis (back in 7-10 days in best case scenario) are still undermanned, and head coach Frank Vogel needs more from replacement starter Kyle Kuzma (shooting less than 39% over his last eight games) and C Andre Drummond (9 points and 9 rebounds per game while shooting 45%β€”not exactly all-star numbers for the big man).

The Lakers took away a 96-95 victory from TD Garden in Boston, but were laying 3.5 points in that game. The Celtics have covered the point spread in each of the last four meetings in this series. Davis ruled the boards in first game (27 pts., 14 rebounds), and James had a 21-7-7 outing, but the Celtics made a charge that night behind Tatum (30 points and nine boards) and Brown (28 points), as Boston scored the last six points of the game to cover at the death of the match. This time around, the Celts have an easier path.

LA Lakers vs Boston Celtics Picks and Predictions

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