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NBA Betting: LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Pick

Fri, Jan 28, 4:42pm by Kevin Pitstock

The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Boston Celtics in a rivalry game featuring long time rivals. These two appear to be crusing straight to the postseason, as the home team Lakers currently have the second best record out of the Western Conference, and Boston has the best record in the Eastern Conference. This is the first time this season these two teams have played. They will get together again on February 10th at the TD Garden in Boston.

Lakers Overview

The back-to-back NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers will come into this game steaming a bit, as they took a surprising 100-95 loss at home on Friday to the Sacramento Kings. In the loss, the Lakers saw their leading scorer Kobe Bryant pour in 38 points. Bryant on the season is scoring 25.1 points per game, and also dishing out 5 assists per game. The Lakers as a team rank 7th in the NBA in points, as they are averaging 103.6 per game. Defensively, the Lakers are yielding 96.3 points per game, which ranks 10th int he NBA. Los Angeles is in full control of the Pacific Division, leading the Phoenix Suns by 11 full games.

Celtics Overview

The leaders of the Eastern Conference – Boston Celtics are coming, also on a single game losing streak. On Friday the Celtics were blown out in Phoenix. Boston was pleased to see forward Kevin Garnett score 18 points and grab 9 rebounds. Garnett has been in and out of the lineup with injuries this season. The Celtics scored just 71 points on the game, which is 27 less than their 98 per game average. Boston’s leading scorer is Paul Pierce, with 18.9. Rajon Rondo, the starting point guard is leading the team and the Eastern Conference in assists with 12.5. The Celtics are the second best defensive team in the NBA, allowing just 91.5 points per game.

Tip and Prediction for Lakers/Celtics

If you are a fan of the National Basketball Association, this is one of those can’t miss games. Two of the best teams in the league getting together, and a re-match of the NBA Finals in 2010. The Celtics have been questioned all season about how they are getting old, but then bounce back with a streak of wins. Despite their age, the Celtics continue to shut-down opposing offenses. The Lakers are another team where many critics continue to question them. Phil Jackson has claimed this is his last season as the head coach. The Lakers get a slight edge for playing a home. Los Angeles -2.5 is the line. We like the Lakers to win by 3, and cover the spread.

Our Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -2.5. Bet the Lakers at Sportsbet!

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