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(17-34) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics (30-18)
Date: Friday February 03
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 221
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This game features a very young Lakers team traveling to the TD Garden to face the surging Celtics.
The Lakers are just 2-8 in their last 10 games, while Boston is riding a 4 game win streak and 7-3 in their last 10.
The teams split the season series each of the last 2 years, so I expect this to be a tight matchup early.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers continue to grow and mature as a team under first year head coach Luke Walton, but it is clear that he doesn’t have the right type of players to run his offense.
The Lakers are in the bottom third of the league in field goal percentage and 3 point shooting percentage, and until they get sharpshooters on the team they will continue to struggle.
D’Angelo Russell has had an inconsistent sophomore season, but after missing 3 games with an injury, the dynamic point guard had 22 points and a career high 10 assists against Denver on Monday night.
While Russell has become better at distributing the ball, averaging more than 1 assist per game compared to last season, his field goal and 3 point shooting percentages are both down.
Facing off against one of the best point guards in the NBA, Isaiah Thomas, don’t look for Russell to have another big time performance in this one.
Julius Randle has missed the last two games due to a bout with pneumonia, but should be ready to go against Boston. His is a threat to put up a triple double each time he steps on the floor, and his playmaking ability is one of his more underrated attributes.
Randle’s scoring has been very streaky lately, but he has the ability to use his quickness against Al Horford, and should get 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists on the night.
The Lakers need to keep their hot offensive play going, scoring 120 points against the Nuggets Monday. If they can make this into a track meet they should have a chance to pull out the upset.
When the fourth quarter starts, all heads turn to Isaiah Thomas. The All Star guard takes games over in the final period, and it has helped Boston surge to one of the top spots in the East.
Thomas finished with 41 points, 24 in the fourth quarter, as the Celtics held off the Pistons by 4. He shot 11-23 from the floor and was 15-15 from the free throw. On top of scoring 41 he also dished out 8 assists.
Thomas shouldn’t have any trouble putting up buckets against the Lakers, as he has scored 25 or more points in 5 of the Celtics last 6 games. Look for him to get 30 points and 11 assists in this contest.
Don’t expect Avery Bradley to suit up against the Lakers, as his Achilles injury has kept him out since January 16th. Not having him to guard Russell or Lou Williams should bode well for the Lakers guards.
Al Horford should have a dominant offensive game against the Los Angeles front line. Horford has scored 10+ points in 8 of the last 10 games, and will be a dominant force down low for Boston. I expect him to get 16 points and 10 rebounds, even though he has gone 10 straight without a double double.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 12-4 in LAL last 16 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- LAL are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 7-1 in BOS last 8 vs. Western Conference.
- Over is 11-3 in BOS last 14 home games.
- Over is 19-7 in BOS last 26 overall.
- Underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Jae Crowder has been on a scoring tear. The talented swingman should get 18 points, and hit a couple of big three pointers to help the Celtics pull away in this game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Boston ATS
Isaiah Thomas will take over in the 4th, and lead Boston to an easy victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 119 – Los Angeles 95
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