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2021 NBA Handicapping
(13-11) Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers (12-12)
Date: Tuesday, December 7th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics | Lakers – (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Tuesday, December 7th finds the oldest rivalry in the NBA renewing with the Boston Celtics at the Staples Center to face the Los Angeles Lakers for the second and final time this season. They played once in Boston on November 19th with the Celtics winning 130-108.
Boston last played on Saturday in a 145-117 beat down of the Blazers in Portland while the Lakers battled their Staples Center rivals with the Clippers prevailing 119-115.
Last season, the squads played twice with each team winning on the road. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Lakers in 163 of their 295 matches.
Jayson Tatum always seems to find an extra gear when facing the Lakers. To wit, in their first meeting, he posted a double-double of 37 points and 11 rebounds with two assists, three steals, and a block while hitting four of his nine 3-pointers.
He was joined by Marcus Smart (22), former Laker Dennis Schroder (21), Al Horford (18), and Josh Richardson (15) scoring in double-figures. Jaylen Brown was out that game with the hamstring injury and is once again listed as questionable for Tuesday.
This is the second game of a four-game road trip for the Celtics and the front side of a back-to-back set that features the Clippers on Wednesday prior to completing the trip in Phoenix.
Boston will be looking to channel their performance against the Blazers that witnessed six Celtics score in double figures led by Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder who each scored 31 while Tatum also collected a double-double adding 10 rebounds.
The Celtics were on fire from the perimeter scoring 21 of 37 from deep for a blistering 56.8 percent efficiency and their reserve unit outscored the Blazers 51 to 37.
Al Horford (back), and Romeo Langford (ankle) were upgraded to probable.
Los Angeles Lakers
In the first meeting at Boston LeBron James and Anthony Davis delivered 31 and 23 points (each had six rebounds and two assists) but only Carmelo Anthony (13) and Russell Westbrook (12) joined them to score in double-digits.
There are rumors swirling about the safety of Frank Vogel’s job given the Lakers’ 4-6 record through the last 10 games. Most concerning is the four wins are all versus lower-tier teams (Pistons twice, Pacers, Kings).
Only the win versus Sacramento was by double-digits while the Pacers match required overtime and the games versus the Pistons were won by four and five points.
They’ve been in some close contests like the loss Friday to the Clippers but something is definitely amiss. Davis (27 points, 10 rebounds) and James (23 points, 11 rebounds) both collected double-doubles.
Malik Monk scored 20 off the bench while Carmelo Anthony (13) and Russell Westbrook (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Kendrick Nunn (knee) and Trevor Ariza (ankle) remain out with no definitive return date.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.
- The Celtics are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Celtics sport a much better percentage on the road (64.2%) than the Lakers do at home (26.6%) against the spread. My head says Celtics keep rolling and win but my gut tells me the whistle will be a major factor.
In the first match, Boston had the edge at the line (38-24) but also was more active scoring in the paint (56 to 36). The Celtics’ 22 point differential was helped by their extra 12 free throws but not decided by them.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics +2.5
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