In one of the most classic matchups in the history of the NBA between two legendary teams, the Los Angeles Lakers (30-35), who are struggling mightily lately having won only once in their last 7 games, are hosting the Boston Celtics (40-26), who on the other hand have lost once in their last 4 games and are looking for a better placement in the playoff places of the East.
Date/Time: 03-09-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +4.5
Los Angeles Lakers have a 30-35 record (26-37-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Timberwolves in the 10th place of the West. They have lost six of their last seven matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Nuggets with a 99-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.1 ppg, adding 8 dimes and a team high 8.6 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.8 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
Boston Celtics have a 40-26 record (33-32-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Kings with a 111-109 score. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.4 ppg, adding 4.9 boards and a team high 7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16.3 ppg and 6.2 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Lakers won on the road with a 128-129 score. Lakers have a 18-15 home record, while the Celtics are 16-16 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 112.2 and 112.1 ppg, while Celtics are better defensively, allowing 106.6 ppg to Lakers’ 113.9. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.4% to 46.4%), while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage (36.5% to 33.5%). Celtics are better in dimes made (26.3 to 25.3) and in turnovers committed (12.7 to 15.2), while Lakers are better in boards grabbed (46.4 to 44.8). Celtics are playing much better lately and Vegas odds give them a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Boston Celtics -4.5 (-112)
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