Celtics vs Lakers: NBA Title Preview?

It's a rematch of last season's NBA final and both the Lakers and Celtics have some work to do if they plan to reprise that matchup this year.

But there is never any lack of drama and hype when Celtics Lakers odds appear on the NBA betting menu and tonight is no different.

Boston will face the 36-16 Lakers, who own a 23-29 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Celtics are 27-24 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lakers are 21-31 favoring the OVER.

View LA Lakers vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Lakers listed as 3.5-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 187.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Celtics and the No. 2-ranked Lakers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 106-104 result in favor of the Celtics.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 17-ranked offense (98.5 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 10 at 96.4 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 49.7% from the field per game, more than the Lakers have managed so far this season (46.9% on average).

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.6 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the league in scoring at home.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 93-84 result against the Grizzlies on February 7. The Lakers covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 177 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Lakers got 19 points from Kobe Bryant as Los Angeles ran past Memphis 93-84 on Monday at FedExForum.

The Celtics were a 94-89 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 4.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (183) made winners of OVER bettors. Boston got 25 points from Ray Allen en route to a 94-89 loss against Charlotte on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing Charlotte are 9-1
After a loss are 7-3


A few Lakers at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
LA Lakers are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games on the road
LA Lakers are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Boston's last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers

Next up:
LA Lakers at New York, Friday, February 11
Boston home to Miami, Sunday, February 13

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