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NBA Odds Preview: Lakers vs. Celtics

Classic rivals will hit the hardwood in Boston on Thursday night this week as the Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit to the Celtics.

The Lakers and Celtics will be battling for the first time this season, with the teams having split their last 10 matchups 5-5. Boston has covered the spread in six of their last 10 meetings.

View LA Lakers vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Celtics sat as 3-point favorites. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 176.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 4-rated Lakers taking on the No. 17-rated Celtics in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 95-93 win for the Celtics on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 29-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 2-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 16 in the league with 6.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 24 with 4.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 17-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.2 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 95-90 loser on the road against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Lakers wasted a 28-point performance from Kobe Bryant as Philadelphia ran past them 95-90 on Monday at Wells Fargo Center.

Boston was a 94-84 winner in its last match at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 178 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Celtics grabbed a 94-84 win over the Bobcats on Tuesday, behind a 22-point effort from Kevin Garnett at TD Garden.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing New York are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Charlotte are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Lakers at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing Boston
LA Lakers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
LA Lakers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing LA Lakers

Next up:
LA Lakers at New York, Friday, February 10
Boston at Toronto, Friday, February 10