The NBA takes center stage with a battle between traditional rivals on Friday evening. The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Boston Celtics, but both teams are struggling to some degree. Los Angeles is 8-8 this season, and Boston enters with a 7-8 record. LeBron James (abdominal) is listed as questionable for the Lakers after missing more than two weeks, while Anthony Davis (thigh) is probable. Jaylen Brown (hamstring) and Robert Williams (knee) are questionable for the Celtics.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Boston. Caesars Sportsbook lists Boston as a one-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 213 in the latest Lakers vs. Celtics odds. Before making any Celtics vs. Lakers picks or NBA predictions, be sure to check out what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.
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Now, the model has locked in on Celtics vs. Lakers and released its picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds, betting lines and trends for Lakers vs. Celtics:
- Lakers vs. Celtics spread: Celtics -1
- Lakers vs. Celtics over-under: 213 points
- Lakers vs. Celtics money line: Celtics -120, Lakers +100
- LAL: The Lakers are 6-10 against the spread this season
- BOS: The Celtics are 8-6-1 against the spread in the last 15 games
Why the Lakers can cover
The Lakers are a top-10 team in the NBA in multiple shooting categories. Los Angeles is shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent from 3-point range, with the Lakers ranking in the top 10 in the NBA in 2-point accuracy at 52.5 percent. Los Angeles is above-average in generating 20.1 free-throw attempts per game, and the Lakers are also in the top 10 in averaging 23.9 assists per game.
On defense, Los Angeles is causing havoc in creating 16.8 turnovers per game, a mark that ranks No. 3 in the NBA. The Lakers are a top-flight team in blocks (6.0 per game) and steals (8.9 per game), and Boston’s offense has scuffled this season. The Celtics are below-average in overall offensive efficiency, and Boston is No. 23 in field-goal shooting and No. 26 in 3-point shooting. Boston is averaging only 22.6 assists per game, and the Lakers are equipped to slow the Celtics, even at TD Garden.
Why the Celtics can cover
Boston’s defense has been outstanding this season. The Celtics are allowing opponents to shoot just 43.8 percent from the floor and 33.0 percent from 3-point range, while also limiting the opposition to just 21.3 assists per game. Boston is also above-average in steals (8.1 per game), blocks (6.0 per game) and turnovers created (15.3 per game). The Lakers are currently the second-worst team in the NBA in protecting the ball, committing 17.1 turnovers per game.
Boston is No. 2 in the league in second-chance points allowed (10.7 per game) and solidly in the top five in limiting opponents to 11.0 fast break points per game. The Celtics aren’t fantastic on offense as currently constructed, but Boston is above-average in free- throw attempts (20.1 per game) and free-throw accuracy (79.4 percent). Los Angeles is a bottom-five defense in assists allowed (25.8 per game) and free-throw attempts allowed (22.8 per game), both of which could help Boston.
How to make Lakers vs. Celtics picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 212 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the model’s picks at SportsLine.
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