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Celtics & Lakers are Trending in Opposite Directions

The Boston Celtics are riding their longest losing streak of the season and kick off a challenging road trip with Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers.

MyBookie opened the Celtics as 4.5-point road favorites with a total of 208.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Celtics are 9-3 SU and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games after consecutive losses.
  • The Celtics are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games on the road.
  • The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after a win.

The Celtics dropped all three games of a recent homestand, including a 103-95 setback to the Orlando Magic, who had previously lost 17 of 19. The bench unit was nearly non-existent, as six reserves combined to notch eight points on 4-of-19 shooting in the loss. The lone positive in the game was the return of Kyrie Irving, who scored 40 points after sitting out the previous contest with a shoulder injury.

The Lakers are flying high right now after winning six of their previous eight on the heels of a nine-game losing streak. L.A. collected its fifth straight home win behind 29 points from Jordan Clarkson and 27 from Julius Randle in a 127-107 triumph over the New York Knicks on Sunday. Prior to the Knicks game, the Lakers had held three straight opponents to under 90 points at the Staples Center.

While the Lakers have been getting the job done straight up, they’ve also been a great UNDER bet lately. In Los Angeles’ last seven games, the UNDER is 5-2.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Los Angeles Lakers installed as 4.5-point underdogs in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 209.5.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark pick a 104-102 result in favor of the Lakers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Celtics will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 27-18-2 versus the spread this season, while the Los Angeles Lakers are 23-23 ATS. Boston is 22-24-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Los Angeles is 24-22 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Boston injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 24 (Los Angeles) and the No. 11 (Boston) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 3-rated NBA squad against Boston's No. 10-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 25 in the league with 9.24 treys per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 6 with 11.45 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kyrie Irving was dynamite, scoring 40 points and adding 7 rebounds but Orlando still won 103-95 over Boston on Sunday at TD Garden.

The Lakers blew out New York on Sunday, running up the score in a 127-107 win at Staples Center.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
  • Boston is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Los Angeles is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 24
Los Angeles at Chicago, Friday, January 26