Lakers vs. Celtics Prediction

NBA Predictions: Is the under a good bet when Celtics host Lakers? 2/3/17

Is the under a good bet when the Celtics host the Lakers at 8:00PM ET tonight?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Celtics are 11.5-point home favorites versus the Lakers after opening as a 12.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 220.5 but has been bet up to 221.

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The Lakers have dropped eight of 10 overall and are just 5-5 at the betting window over that 10-game stretch. Their latest loss came on Thursday night when they fell to the Wizards 116-108. That said, they did cover as a 10.5-point road underdog and have now covered in four consecutive games. D'Angelo Russell handed out a career-high 11 assists in the loss to the Wizards, adding 17 points and seven rebounds with two steals.

The Celtics have won seven of 10 and are 5-5 against the spread over that same span. They won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Raptors 109-104 while failing to cover as a 6-point favorite on Wednesday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 44 points in the win over Toronto, racking up five 3-pointers to go along with seven assists and four rebounds.

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OUR PREDICTION: The over has cashed in 11 of Boston's last 14 home games but the Celtics are only shooting 49.8% over their last three games. The Lakers are shooting 52.7% over that same span but will be playing the second game of a back-to-back so fatigue could be a factor tonight. The under is 4-1 in the Lakers' last five road games and has cashed in five of their last seven games coming off a loss. With L.A. worn down and Boston not on top of its game offensively at the moment, this game should fall under for bettors.

 

FRIDAY NBA PREDICTION: LAKERS/CELTICS UNDER 221

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