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Lakers vs Celtics Betting Preview

The Celtics will try to shake an ATS skid against the Lakers on Sunday afternoon as they play on the road at the Staples Center.

Boston has lost two games in a row both SU and ATS against Los Angeles, with the UNDER paying out in both of those contests. Overall the teams have split their last 10 ATS at 5-5.

This season the Lakers are 24-16 overall and 18-22 ATS against the number, while the Celtics are 21-18 and 17-22 ATS. As for the totals, Los Angeles is 19-21 on the OU, and Boston is 18-21.

View Boston vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Lakers sat as 6-point favorites. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 180.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Lakers, currently No. 4 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Celtics, who rate No. 19 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 94-93 victory for the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 1-rated squad against Boston's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 24 in the league with 5.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 21 with 5.6 per outing.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.5 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Boston was a 104-86 winner at home against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (190) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Boston earned a 104-86 victory over Portland on Friday, getting 22 points from Ray Allen at TD Garden.

The Lakers were a 105-102 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (207) made winners of OVER bettors. Los Angeles got 34 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 105-102 victory over Minnesota on Friday at Target Center.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing LA Clippers are 6-4
After playing Portland are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 5-5


A few Celtics at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games when playing LA Lakers
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 8 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at LA Clippers, Monday, March 12
LA Lakers at Memphis, Tuesday, March 13