NBA Preview and Free Pick: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
One of the best historical NBA rivalries takes center stage on a busy night of hoops action. LeBron
James and the Los Angeles Lakers are taking their talents eastward to tip-off with the Boston Celtics
for a primetime nationally televised tilt.
Date/Time/TV: Thur. Feb.7, 8:00 PM EST, TNT
Spread: Boston Celtics -7 (-110)
The Lakers enter tonight’s game fresh off of a 42-point shellacking on the road at the Indiana Pacers
on Tuesday. That was the team’s third loss in its last four contests. For the season, the Lakers are 27-
27 (23-29-2 ATS) and currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference, 2.5 games out of a
The Celtics have been faring much better of late. The team is riding a five-game winning streak, and
they handled business on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday to the tune of a 7-point win.
Boston is 35-19 (28-26 ATS) and in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, 5.5 games off the
Los Angeles Lakers
James has missed plenty of time with a groin injury, but he has suited up for two of the last three and
is expected to give it a go tonight. Over their last 10 games, the Lakers are 4-6 (5-4-1 ATS). The road
has been a bit challenging for the team this year, as they are 11-15 (13-13 ATS) in away games.
Team totals stand at 20-33-1, with the Over coming in for two of the last three. James leads the way
in scoring with 26.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg. Kyle Kuzma is next up with 18.6 ppg and 5.7 boards. He’s
probable tonight despite dealing with a hip issue.
The infirmary report for this game runs deep, as Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris also have probable
tags as they deal with their respective injuries. Boston is a sizzling 9-1 (5-5 ATS) over the last 10.
The team has been excellent at home as well with a record of 22-6 (18-10 ATS).
On totals, the Celtics are 31-23 with the Under coming in for two of the last three. Irving is the top
option on offense with 23.8 ppg and 7.0 dimes. Jayson Tatum checks in with 16.3 ppg, while Morris
adds in 14.8. Al Horford is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.6 boards per contest.
Lakers vs. Celtics Prediction
This is the first meeting of the season for these two squads, but Boston has had control of the series
by going 4-1 over the last five. It’s trade deadline day in the NBA, so keep an eye on the news for
moves that could impact tonight’s contest. Barring anything major that shakes up the Celtics roster,
we like the hosts to win and cover.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Pick: Boston Celtics -7 (-110)