Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction 12/25/2023

NBA: Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction 12/25/2023

The Boston Celtics (22-6) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (16-14) on Monday, December 25th. This game will be played at Arena. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 5:00 ET.

Celtics vs Lakers

The Celtics Are Coming Off A Winboston celtics

The Celtics picked up a win over the Clippers in their latest game, finishing with a score of 145-108. The Celtics not only won the game but also covered the spread as -4.5-point favorites. The over/under line entering this matchup was 232 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.

As the Celtics head into today’s game, they have a 22-6 overall record and have won their last two games. At home, the Celtics are 14-0 while going 8-6 on the road this season.

Boston comes in with an overall ATS record of 13-13 so far this season. In their two most recent home games, Boston has covered the spread and they are 9-4 ATS at home compared to 4-9 on the road.

The Lakers Are Coming Off A Winla lakers nba

LeBron James led Los Angeles with 40 points against the Thunder, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 52.2% in the game. The Lakers picked up a 129-120 win, and Anthony Davis also added 26 points which was 2nd on the team.

The Lakers come into today’s game vs. the Celtics with an overall record of 16-14. In their last ten games, they are 5-5. At home this season, the Lakers are 10-3 compared to 6-11 on the road.

Los Angeles has an overall ATS record of 13-17 for the season so far. In their last five games as favorites, the Lakers have not been able to cover the spread, and they are 5-6 against the spread when they are underdogs.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

For the season, the Boston offense is the 6th ranked unit in the NBA, at 119.9 points per contest. So far, the Celtics are averaging 98.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Even though they have preferred to slow the game down, the Boston offense is the 13th ranked team in made field goals per game.

Lakers Offense Breakdown

Through 30 games games, Los Angeles is averaging 114 points per game (17th). In terms of pace, the Lakers are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.6 possessions per game. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Lakers are 14th in fields goals made per contest.

Celtics Team Defense

The Celtics’ defense is presently ranked 3 in the league, allowing an average of 109.7 points per contest.

On two point field goal attempts, the Celtics’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 50.1% and allowing 36.8% from beyond the arc.

Lakers Team Defense

So far, the Lakers’ defense is ranked 16 in the league at 114.2 points per contest.

On two point field goal attempts, the Lakers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.3% and allowing 37.4% from beyond the arc.

Key Players For The Celtics And Lakers

In today’s game, we anticipate Jaylen Brown leading the scoring for the Celtics, contributing 17 points while shooting 7/13 from the field. This season, he is averaging 22.8 points per game along with 4.9 boards.

On the opposing side, we anticipate Anthony Davis to be the top scorer for the Lakers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 19, and he is expected to secure 9 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 54.5%, and his scoring average is 24.4 points per game.

Celtics vs Lakers Trends

  • In their last three road games, Boston has averaged 138 points per game while allowing 119. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
  • When looking at their past ten home matchups, Los Angeles has an ATS record of 4-6 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 4-6 overall in these games.
  • Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Lakers have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-1.
  • As the betting favorite, the Celtics have an ATS mark of just 5-4-1 in their last ten games. Boston posted a straight up mark of 8-2 in these matchups.

Celtics vs Lakers Prediction

For a point-spread wager in this Celtics vs. Lakers game, we suggest taking the Lakers at +3. Even though our predictions have the Celtics winning 113-111, we see the Lakers as the better choice on the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 234.5, and our model predicts the Celtics and Lakers to score a combined 224 points. We recommend betting on the under.

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