Thu, Feb 10, 10:36am by Kevin Pitstock
The Boston Celtics vs. the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA basketball is as good as it gets. Tip-off will be Thursday, February 10, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Each team currently leads their Division and this is a battle of the Atlantic vs. Pacific. The Lakers are on the road and have a 36-16 record where they are 17-8 as visitors. The Celtics defend their home court very well as they are 23-4 at home and 38-13 overall.
Celtics have six of their last ten games and have a two game win streak on the line while the Lakers have won six out of last ten and lost their last game. Each team play an up tempo style of game and defend well when the chips are on the line. Let’s preview the teams and then we can check the odds from Iasbet and make a prediction.
Guard play is paramount for the Celtics to have success. Rajon Rondo runs the floor for them. He dishes out 12.4 assists per game and he steals from the opponents at a 2.4 per game rate. Paul Pierce does the majority of scoring as he averages 19 points per game and blocks one shot every two games. Glen Davis cleans the glass with his 5.2 rebounds per game.
The team averages 98.5 points every game and they allow opponents to score at a 91.5 points per game rate. The Celtics have the best shooting team from the field in the NBA at an astonishing 49.7% ratio. They fire free throws in at a 75% rate and average 38.5 rebounds but find the opponents out rebound them slightly with 38.9 per game.
One of the world’s most well known basketball players, Kobe Bryant, anchors the Lakers on the offensive end of play. He averages 25.4 points per game and gives out 5 assists per game. Pau Gasol minds the inside game with 10.5 rebounds per game and blocks 1.9 shots per game. Lamar Odom has the best field goal shooting on the team at 55% and Derek Fisher notches 1.5 steals per game.
Offense first seems to be the motto of this Phil Jackson coached team. They average 103.7 points per game and shoot 46% from the field. They have a decent free throw percentage at 78.2% and out-rebound the opponents 43.9 to 40.7 per game. Defensively they allow 96.4 points per game and the other teams fire in free throws at a 76% clip.
Pick and Prediction
The Celtics are 7-15 ATS in the last 23 games vs. Pacific teams. The last 4 games between these teams the under has cashed in. Both teams knuckle under and play some defense. Celtics lack the rebounding ability found in the Lakers but Boston shoots so well that may not be a concern. The odds at Iasbet have Lakers at +3 for this tight affair. Our pick is bet the Lakers to cover the +3 spread.
Our Pick: Bet Lakers +3 from Iasbet
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