Once upon a time the Lakers and Celtics were the greatest rivalry in sports. Boston’s Larry Bird and LA’s Magic Johnson dominated pro basketball in the 1980’s. As a consequence, many fans and gamblers try and tie today to those days. However, the dynamics are quite different with NBA games betting odds. Los Angeles is totally dependent upon aging star LeBron James. By contrast the Celtics are trying to take the final step in making the NBA Finals. Boston made the Eastern Conference Finals last year before being eliminated by James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
Date and Time: Thursday, February 7, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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Lakers vs. Celtics TV Coverage: TNT
Los Angeles Lakers
Late results have not impressed gamblers with the Lakers. Los Angeles has split their last six games with the line. Four of their last five games went under the total. Most important of all James status has been day to day due to his groin injury. Concurrently LA’s record is now 27-26 straight up, 23-28-2 against the spread, and 19-33-1 under the total. The Lake Show is currently looking to go dark for the playoffs. In fact, LA is in tenth place in the Western Conference. LA ranks 14th in the NBA for scoring offense and 22nd for points allowed.
Conversely Boston has made gamblers happy as of late with. The Celtics have paid in four of their last six games with three of their last five going under the total. Boston ranks 11th in the NBA for scoring offense and fourth for points allowed. As a result, the Celtics are 34-19 straight up, 28-25 against the odds, and 31-22 over the total. Boston has NBA ranks of 11th for scoring offense and fourth for points against. With James out of the lineup Kyle Kuzma has averaged 18.8 points per game for LA. While Kyrie Irving leads Boston with 23.8 points per outing.
Stats to Consider
Los Angeles has covered six of their last eight NBA games betting matchups as a road dog. And four of their last six in that role have gone under the total. At the same time Boston has been a reliable home chalk. The Celtics have covered 13 of their last 17 laying points at TD Garden. Five of their last seven in that situation have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
Los Angeles has held the online sportsbook wagering edge in their series with Boston. For example, the Lakers have covered eight of their last 11 games with the Celtics. Four of the last five in this series went under the total. And at TD Garden the Lakers have covered five of their eight games vs. Boston. Three of the last four between these teams at TD Garden went under the total.
Matchup to Watch
To be exact the Lakers make for a strong contrarian bet for NBA games betting odds. Los Angeles has done well at TD Garden and has been a reliable recent road dog.
Lakers vs. Celtics NBA games Betting Odds Picks
In this situation the Lakers should provide better than expected value.
Lakers vs. Celtics NBA Betting Online Pick: Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers vs. Celtics NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Celtics 108, Lakers 107
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