Lakers vs Celtics NBA Odds, Preview & Pick

2020 Lakers vs Celtics NBA Odds, Preview & Pick

Written by on February 21, 2020

One of the greatest rivalries in sports happens on Sunday when the L.A. Lakers host the Boston Celtics. Heading into the weekend, LeBron and the Lakers are on a 3-game winning streak. But the last time the Lakers threw down against the Celtics, Boston dominated. Can the Celtics travel to Staple Centers and sweep the 2-game series against their NBA rivals? Or, will the Lakers take it to Boston? Check out NBA odds, a preview, and a free pick for Lakers vs Celtics!

Lakers vs Celtics NBA Odds, Preview & Pick

  • When: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 pm ET
  • Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: ABC
  • ATS Odds: TBD
  • Over/Under Odds: TBD

Why Boston Celtics are a good bet ATS

The Celtics dominated the last head-to-head matchup. Boston entered the game a 2 ½ point underdog. Someone failed to give the memo to the Celtics. They didn’t play like underdogs. Boston rolled the Lakers in a 139-107 victory. They pummeled L.A. in every way imaginable. Even though this game takes place at the Staples Center, the Celtics can play the same way in the rematch. Not only does Boston have a chance to cover the spread, but they can also beat LeBron and Co. straight up.  

Team Statistics

** As of Feb. 20Offense:
  • Points/G: 113.1
  • Field Goal %: 46.3
  • 3-Point %: 36.4
  • Free Throw %: 80.2
  • Rebounds/G: 45.7
  • Points/G: 106.2
  • Field Goal %: 44.1
  • 3-Point %: 34.3
  • Free Throw %: 76.1
  • Rebounds/G: 44

Why L.A. Lakers are a good bet ATS

The Lakers average 114.7 points, 48.8% from the field, and 36.3% from three. In the first matchup, Los Angeles let the game get out of control. They made 7-of-29 three-point shots. Los Angeles shot 44% from the field. Before their Saturday matchup with Memphis, the Lakers have scored 120 points or more in 3 straight. The team’s shooting touch is back. Not only that but the Lakers get the Celtics at home. L.A. has a chance for a big revenge win SU and ATS against the Celtics.

Team Statistics

** As of Feb. 20Offense:
  • Points/G: 114.7
  • Field Goal %: 48.8
  • 3-Point %: 36.3
  • Free Throw %: 73
  • Rebounds/G: 46.2
  • Points/G: 107.3
  • Field Goal %: 44.6
  • 3-Point %: 34.8
  • Free Throw %: 78.1
  • Rebounds/G: 41.6

NBA Betting Trends for L.A. Lakers vs Boston Celtics

** As of Feb. 20
  • Boston is 1-3 ATS in their last 4
  • Celtics are 6-4 ATS in their last 7
  • Boston is 5-5 ATS in their last 10 on the road
  • Under is 7-3 in the Celtics’ last 10 games
  • LAL is 4-2 ATS in their last 6
  • Lakers are 5-5 ATS in their last 10
  • LAL are 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 at home
  • Over is 5-2 in Lakers last 7 games
  • Celtics are 4-2 SU in the last 6 matchups

Lakers vs Celtics Final NBA Betting Analysis

Sure, the Lakers let the first matchup get out of hand. We can point to the main issue, though, why the Celtics destroyed the Lakers. Los Angeles allowed 25 fast breakpoints. Los Angeles scored just 11 fast breakpoints.

To contend with the Celtics on Sunday, all the Lakers must do is get back on defense. Is it that simple? Can Los Angeles turn around a 139-107 loss by controlling how many fast-break points the Celtics get?

Not exactly. Los Angeles must shoot better. But all they must do is shoot close to their average 48.8% from the field. If they do that and stop the Celtics from getting points via the fast break, Los Angeles wins and covers. Back the Lakers against the spread.

NBA Free Pick: Lakers ATS