The Lakers won 90-89 at Boston earlier this season in basketball betting and overall Los Angeles has won three straight in the series.
Basketball bet has seen the Lakers win six of the last ten regular season meetings against the Celtics. Los Angeles is 7-3 all-time against the Celtics at Staples Center. In 22 career regular season games against Boston including 19 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.8 points per game. Paul Pierce led the Celtics last season at 20.5 points per game.
When the Celtics and Lakers meet it is usually a close game in basketball betting. The last two games in basketball betting have been decided by just a single point. Six of the last eight basketball bet games between the two teams have been decided by six points or less.
Boston leads the Atlantic Division but it has not been that great a season for the Celtics. They are no longer a dominant team. They have also really struggled against the basketball bet odds, particularly at home. On the road they have been around the .500 mark vs. the basketball bet line so they are at least worth considering away from home. The Celtics have a very good defense as they are 1st in the league in fewest points allowed but their offense is suspect, ranking 18th in the league. The Celtics were very good early in the season but they have simply not been the same in the past couple of months. “I thought a lot of that had a lot to do with Kevin being hurt, Paul being hurt,’’ coach Doc Rivers said, “That probably had more to do with throwing us off rhythm, but when they came back, we never got our rhythm back. We’re healthy now, but now we have to get our rhythm back and get back to what we were doing before we broke camp.’’
The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference but they are not a great team laying points in basketball betting. The Lakers are right around the .500 mark at home for those making a basketball bet. Los Angeles is 5th in the league on offense and 9th on defense. The Lakers will be the basketball bet favorite in this game and the stats support them winning and covering against Boston.