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2021 NBA Handicapping
(29-26) Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers (34-21)
Date: Thursday, April 15th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -224 | Lakers +198
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -6
NBA Betting Total: 212
Thursday, April 15th, the Boston Celtics will play the Los Angeles Lakers in the second and final meeting this season. The initial meeting between the clubs on January 30th was a defensive battle won by the Lakers (96-95).
The two most storied franchises in the NBA tip-off in a battle that always has more at stake than just a victory. Of the 30 teams in the association, the Celtics and Lakers are the two who’ve maintained their franchise-long rivalry.
Despite five Lakers championships being won when the team was still in Minnesota, the franchise lays claim to those titles just as they do their next 12 matching the Celtics 17 titles.
The Celtics hold the all-time record having won 161 matches of the 293 played. Last season, the squads played twice in 2019-20 with each team winning on their home court.
The Beantown crew are on a roll having won six of seven games and seem to finally be meshing. It’s the first time since the season began that the Celtics have won and looked this strong.
Fans got a bit of insight after the Celtics’ recent victory when Jayson Tatum spoke about his health. The fourth-year forward said he’s still not 100 percent after contracting COVID-19 in January.
He requires an inhaler he uses pre-game to open up his lungs to help him breathe. For those counting that’s almost four months since Tatum contracted the virus and speaks to how this virus can negatively impact even the most athletic young people.
Through the last 11 contests, he’s averaging 29.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.0 steals while shooting 40.4 percent from deep.
In the victory versus the Blazers, he led the way for Boston with 32 points, nine rebounds, five assists,, a steal, and a block while connecting on four of his seven 3-pointers.
All five starters reached double-figures including Jaylen Brown (24), Kemba Walker (21), Robert Williams (16), and Marcus Smart (13) in the mix.
One area still plaguing the head coach Brad Stevens and the Celtics is their bench play where they got outscored 34 to 10 by the Blazers.
Evan Fournier missed his fifth game due to health and safety protocols and is questionable for this match.
Los Angeles Lakers
Without the services of LeBron James in the last 13 games (plus Anthony Davis still being out) the Lakers have performed better than expected.
They performed close to .500 with six wins and seven losses augments by four wins and three losses on the recent seven-game road trip.
The most recent victory coming in Charlotte as they closed out the trip. Kyle Kuzma led the way with 24 points and four rebounds. Andre Drummond didn’t do much offensively (four points) but was critical on the boards (12 rebounds) as well as an assist and three steals.
Dennis Schroder scored 19 points and Alex Caruso chipped in with 13 as the only other double-figure contributors.
Markieff Morris (ankle) is day-to-day while James (ankle), Davis (Achilles), and Jared Dudley (torn MCL) remain out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The first game back from a long road trip is usually particularly difficult for and with the Celtics on a roll, this feels like it should be an easy W for the Beantown crew.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
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