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Celtics vs Lakers | NBA Betting Lines & Preview Game

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers will not play again this season after Tuesday night unless it’s in the NBA Finals – that’s not impossible but not likely, at least for Boston. The Lakers will be favored on the NBA odds Tuesday but by how much depends on a few injuries.

How to Bet Celtics at Lakers NBA Odds & TV Info

  • When: Tuesday, 10 PM ET
  • Where: Staples Center
  • TV: TNT
  • Stream: TNT app
  • Radio: Tunein.com
  • NBA Odds: TBA (Lakers will be favored)

First Meeting

On Nov. 19, the Celtics beat the Lakers 130-108 in Boston behind Jayson Tatum’s 37 points. Marcus Smart had 22 points and Dennis Schroder 21 for Boston. Tatum had 11 rebounds and Al Horford added 18 points. The Celtics led by 11 points entering the final quarter and opened a 109-94 lead on Tatum’s three-point play with 6:59 remaining. His 3-pointer from the left corner increased it to 116-99 with 5:02 to go. Anthony Davis led Los Angeles with 31 points and LeBron James finished with 23 in 32 minutes. They each had six rebounds and two assists.

Why Bet on Boston?

Boston (13-11) comes off a 145-117 win in Portland on Saturday. Boston’s shooting splits were absurd as the team shot 56.3 percent from the field, 56.8 percent from long range, and 89.7 percent from the free-throw line. Over the team’s last 10 games, dating back to Nov. 17, the Celtics rank sixth in the league in offensive rating.

“All of our guys were in attack mode, getting downhill,” Coach Ime Udoka said. “We talked about not settling all the time and playing for your teammate [instead of] isolation. That’s what we saw there with the aggressiveness of all our guys, but that’s really what’s improved over the last 10, 15 games with us, is getting downhill and getting to the free-throw line, and that continued tonight.”

Dennis Schroder had one of his best games of the season with 31 points, eight assist and four rebounds. Schroder made another start in place of the injured Jaylen Brown. The 31 points were the most that he’s scored since November 12, when he dropped a season-high 38 on the Bucks.

Jayson Tatum also had 31 points to go with 10 rebounds and four assists. Tatum was needed for only 31 minutes — his fewest in five games — as Boston ran away with the road win. He was still able to record his second double-double in his past three games and ninth overall this season. Tatum has struggled with his shooting efficiency at times during the campaign — he is on pace for a career-worst 40.6 field-goal percentage — but he is putting up per-game averages of 25.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

Starting for Al Horford, Grant Williams finished Saturday’s win with 10 points and four rebounds. Williams has been the spot starter whenever the Celtics are without either Horford or Robert Williams. Horford will play Tuesday.

Brown is being listed as questionable. He returned from a hamstring injury on Nov. 22 after a two-week absence, gradually had his minutes ramped up to the 30s, and the game after he cleared the 30-minute mark he returned to the sidelines for two games after experiencing “tightness” in his hamstring.

Why Bet on Los Angeles?

The Lakers (12-12) have been off since a 119-115 loss to the Clippers on Friday. Luke Kennard scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes for the Clips. Paul George scored 19 points for the Clippers, who never trailed and never pulled away in the teams’ first meeting of the season.

LeBron James scored 23 points with 11 rebounds and six assists. LeBron made his return after missing the previous game against Sacramento due to a positive COVID-19 test but it was a false positive. James’ struggles from deep also continued, as he is now shooting 26.7% from distance in his last three games.  With his second steal of the night, James tied Karl Malone for 11th on the NBA’s all-time steals list and now has 2,085 career steals.

Anthony Davis scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds and four assists. Davis shot 0-of-2 from the three-point line and his four missed free throws ended up looming large for the Lakers who shot 13-of-21 from the free-throw line for the game.  Malik Monk scored 20 points. He has scored at least 20 in back-to-back games and three of the past four. Carmelo Anthony scored 13 points off the bench and Russell Westbrook had 10 points, two rebounds, nine assists and one steal.

Through 15 regular season games at Staples Center, Anthony is shooting 51.1 percent (48-for-94 from three-point range in the Lakers home arena. His shooting percentage at Staples would rank first in the league among three-point shooters. Including road contests, Anthony is currently shooting at a career-high 42.9 percent clip on the year.

Including their time in Minneapolis, the Lakers and Celtics have met 295 times in all, with L.A. trailing in the series 132-163. The Lakers have lost just three season series to the Celtics since the 1999-2000 season (2001-02, 2007-08, 2016-17). The two teams have met 204 times since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season, with Los Angeles trailing the series 95-109 during that span. The Lakers are 4-6 against the Celtics in their last 10 overall regular season meetings. LA is 13-9 all-time against the Celtics at Staples Center in the regular season.

Expert Prediction

  • Lakers 113, Celtics 109
 
 

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