Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Betting

Betting Lines

Point Spread Odds: Celtics -3.5
Total Line: 175.5

Boston Celtics Paul Pierce is on high after moving into second spot in Celtics' all-time scoring list.

It’s the latest edition of the greatest rivalry in professional basketball when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Boston Celtics for a Thursday night national television feature bout (8 pm Eastern, TNT).

LA started 9-4 this season, but has gone 5-7 since then. The Lakers won three games in a row last week, but have now lost two straight. purchase Antabuse Monday night LA led by four points at the half in Philadelphia, but got held to just 40 second-half points and lost 95-90.

So the Lakers, at 14-11, are in second place in the Pacific Division, now two and a half games behind the first-place Clippers. More importantly, the Lakers are also log-jammed in a four-way tie for the 5-6-7-8 spots in the Western Conference standings. Actually, LA is only a loss and a Utah victory away from being knocked outside the top eight in the West.

Boston, meanwhile, is on a bit of a roll. The Celtics have won five games in a row and nine of their last 10, after beating an injury-depleted Charlotte team Monday night 94-84. The Celts shot 51 percent from the floor as they extended the Bobcats’ losing streak to 12 games.

So Boston, at 14-10, sits in second place in the Atlantic Division, three and a half games back of first-place Philadelphia. The Celtics are also in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, a game and a half back of fifth-place Indiana and 4.5 games clear of ninth-place New York.

The Lakers may be three games above .500 overall, but they’ve had their problems on the road, going just 3-9 both straight-up and against-the-spread away from home.

On the other side of this matchup Boston is 10-6 SU but only 7-9 ATS at home this season.

LA has hit the 100-point mark on offense just three times so far this season. That’s probably the main reason the Lakers are 10-15 on the ‘over/unders.’ Overall LA games are averaging 184 total points.

The Celtics are 9-13 on the ‘over/unders,’ as their games have averaged just 177 points.

This is the first meeting this season between these two teams. Last year these teams split their two games, each winning on the other’s home court. order lioresal The Celtics won as three-point underdogs in LA 109-96, a game that played ‘over’ its total of 186. Ten days later the Lakers won as two-point dogs in Beantown 92-86, a game that played ‘under’ its total of 188.

For the NBA futures bettors out there Boston is listed at right around 10/1 at various online sportsbooks to win the Eastern Conference this season, and at 20/1 to win the NBA championship, while LA is getting around 5/1 to win the Western Conference and 10/1 to win the league title.

Spread Betting Pick

The spread is reasonably with Celtics favored by less than two baskets against a Lakers team that just isn’t the same on the road this season.
Take the Celtics -3.5 at Bodog.