In this battle between two legendary NBA teams that their rivalries were dominating the 80’s, the Boston Celtics (35-19), who have been red-hot having lost only once in their last eleven games, are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (27-27), who on the other hand have won once in their last 4.
Date/Time: 02-07-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -8.5
Boston Celtics have a 35-19 record (28-26 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Pacers in the third place of the East. They have won 10 of their last 11 matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Cavaliers with a 103-96 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.8 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.
Los Angeles Lakers have a 27-27 record (23-29-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pacers with a 94-136 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 26.9 ppg, adding 7.2 dimes and a team high 8.4 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.6 ppg and 5.7 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Lakers by one point and Celtics by 11). Celtics have a 22-6 home record, while the Lakers are 11-15 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 112.7 ppg to Lakers’ 111.8 and defensively, allowing 105.8 ppg to Lakers’ 112.6 ppg. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.3% to 46.4%), while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage (36.9% to 33.4%). Celtics are better in dimes made (26.3 to 24.6) and in turnovers committed (12.9 to 15.6), while Lakers are better in boards grabbed (47.2 to 45.1). Celtics are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -8.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Lakers squad.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -8.5 (-109)
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