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(34-13) Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers (17-29)
Date: Tuesday January 23
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -4
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Tuesday January 23, the Boston Celtics arrive at STAPLES Center to play the LA Lakers. Boston enters on a three game losing streak (New Orleans, 76ers and Magic).
The Lakers are on a mini two game win streak (Pacers, Knicks).
Last season, the Celtics swept LA, have won their initial meeting this season and are on a four game win streak versus this iteration of the Lakers. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Lakers 159 of their 287 matches.
The Celtics have not looked sharp of late having issues scoring and their top ranked defense has been struggling. While Boston surprised everyone with their play after losing Hayward it may be simply that the youngsters are fatigued.
Although Kyrie Irving scored 40 points in the loss to the Magic the rest of the team had a hard time assisting him in producing offense.
Boston have produced the worst offense in the league in January a point emphasized by their 3 of 20 shooting from the perimeter versus the Magic.
Guerschon Yabusele has sat the last two games (illness) and is questionable for this game. Kyrie Irving (shoulder) returned for the Orlando match after sitting out the game against the 76ers but is expected to play in versus LA.
Jordan Clarkson (29) and Julius Randle (27) lit up the Knicks in the Lakers recent win. With both their names being shopped as trade bait these performances may have resulted in the phone lighting up following the win.
The Lakers are dealing with copious injuries as Brandon Ingram (ankle) missed the last game but should suit up to face the Celts. Lonzo Ball (knee) has missed the previous four and won’t play versus Boston.
Kyle Kuzma hurt his finger in the match as well. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is suffering from an Achilles tendon strain and his presence is questionable.
The Lakers have been dealing with copious injuries as Kyle Kuzma hurt his finger in the last outing
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 road games.
- Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Celtics are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head matches.
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers NBA Prediction:
For as much as the pundits talked about the numerous games Boston played early they were predominantly in the East Coast. For example the team chasing them (Raptors) has already finished their opposite coast games while the Celtics still have 11 to play.
How the Celtics fair on the road and with extended travel particularly with a young roster and having issues scoring will be telling. Still, the Lakers are only just coming off a major losing streak prior to winning the past two.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics – 4
If the Lakers are smart they’ll jump on the Celtics and push pace. The other factor will be whether KCP can play as he offers the best defender to put on Irving. Still, it’s like the Celtics respond to Brad Stevens missive asking them to dig deep and show who they are.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 103 – Lakers 97
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