The Los Angeles Lakers (24-25) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (37-11) on Thursday, February 1st. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on TNT. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lakers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pacers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Lakers vs Celtics
The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Lakers fell to the Hawks by a score of 138-122. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Lakers failed to cover the spread as +6 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 248 points in which the two teams surpassed.
In the Lakers’ last ten games, they are 5-5 and are heading into their matchup with the Celtics with an overall record of 24-25. In games against other Western Conference teams, the Lakers are 18-16 and are 6-9 in non-conference play.
Los Angeles currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 21-28 at this point. Los Angeles has struggled to cover the spread in their last two road games and has an ATS record of 9-15 on the road, while it is 12-13 at home.
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
The Celtics took down the Pacers in their most recent game with a final score of 129-124. Going into the second half the Celtics held the lead at 81-66.
In their last five games, the Celtics have gone 4-1 and have an overall record of 37-11. When playing against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are 25-6 compared to a 12-5 record in non-conference games.
Boston possesses an ATS record of 22-24 for this season, including their ongoing three game losing streak against the spread. This season, Boston has a 20-23 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 2-1 as underdogs.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
The Lakers come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 116.2 points per game.
When it comes to scoring, the Lakers are 14th in the NBA at 116.2 points per game. Interestingly, they are averaging more points at home (116.7) than on the road (115.6). In terms of pace, the Lakers are 5th in the league at 101.4 possessions per game.
Los Angeles is one of the best shooting teams in the NBA, ranking 7th in field goal percentage at 49%. However, they are 28th in three-point shooting, making just 36% of their attempts. In terms of free throws, the Lakers are 8th in both attempts (24.6) and makes (18.9) per game.
So far this season, the Lakers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 44.9% of their games. When looking at their overall offensive rebounding numbers, they are last in the league at 8.3 per game. In terms of assists, the Lakers are 8th in the NBA at 28.1 per game.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
The Celtics come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 120.4 points per game (5th).
At home, the Celtics have been the 6th highest-scoring team in the NBA, averaging 121.8 points per game. Overall, they are 5th at 120.4 PPG. Boston has been above the NBA scoring average in 70.8% of their games this season.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Celtics have been the best in the league, making an average of 16.2 threes per game. They are also 4th in three-point shooting percentage at 38%. Overall, Boston is 13th in field goal percentage.
In terms of pace, the Celtics are 18th in the NBA at 98.5 possessions per game. They have also been one of the best teams in terms of two-point shooting, ranking 5th in the league.
Lakers Team Defense
At this time, the Lakers’ defense is positioned 20th in the NBA, permitting 117.6 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Lakers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.3% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.9% from downtown.
Celtics Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Celtics defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 29.2% of their games. Currently, they are 6th in the NBA at 111.0 points per game allowed. In the terms of takeaways, Celtics are causing 11.9 turnovers per game, ranking 6th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 1st in rejections, averaging 6.5 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Lakers And Celtics
For today’s matchup, we project Anthony Davis to lead the scoring for the Lakers, putting up 24 points and shooting at a rate of 9/16. Throughout this season, his average stands at 24.9 points per game, along with 12.1 rebounds.
As for Boston, Jayson Tatum is projected to be the primary scorer for the Celtics. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 25, and adding 8 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.3% and is averaging 26.9 points per contest.
Lakers vs Celtics Trends
- Through their last five road games, Los Angeles has an ATS record of just 1-4. However, their overall record was 1-4 while averaging 125 points per game.
- Boston has played well in their previous three home games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 126 points per game while allowing 109. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- As the betting underdog, the Lakers have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Los Angeles posted a straight up mark of 3-7 in these matchups.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Celtics have gone 5-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 8-2.
For a point-spread bet in this Lakers vs. Celtics matchup, we’re leaning towards the Lakers at +11. Although our projections show the Celtics winning 116-112, we suggest placing your bet on the Lakers for the point-spread.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 240.5, and our model predicts the Lakers and Celtics to score a combined 228 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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