The Boston Celtics (-608) are 11-point favorites over the Los Angeles Lakers (+440) in a non-conference matchup. The over/under line is currently at 240.5 points.

Boston (37-11) is currently 1st in the Eastern Conference and has won two straight games. Los Angeles (24-25) is 9th in the Western Conference and has lost two straight.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS BOSTON CELTICS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers +11

This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 ET on Thursday, February 1st.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-112 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.0% and knocking down 17 threes.

Are the Lakers Ready for a Win at Boston?

The Lakers have an overall record of 24-25 and are currently in 9th place in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 6-9 compared to 18-16 against other Western Conference teams.

On the road, the Lakers are 7-17 and have lost their last two games straight up. Against the spread, they are 9-15 on the road and have an average scoring differential of -7.9 points per game.

For the season, the Lakers are 6-15 as underdogs and have an ATS record of 9-12 in those games. Today, they are 11-point underdogs and have gone 21-28 ATS for the season.

In their most recent game, the Lakers lost to the Hawks by a score of 138-122. The O/U line for that game was 248 points, and the Lakers were 6-point underdogs going into the game.

The Lakers have gone over the O/U line in their last seven games and have an over/under record of 28-21 for the season. On average, their games have finished with 233.8 points.

In the Western Conference, the Lakers are currently in 9th place with a record of 24-25. In their last game, they lost to the Hawks by a score of 138-122.

When it comes to scoring, the Lakers are 14th in the league, averaging 116.2 points per game. Interestingly, they are scoring slightly more on the road (115.6) compared to at home (116.7).

So far this season, the Lakers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 44.9% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 5th in the league at 101.4 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Lakers are 7th in field goal percentage at 49%. However, they are 28th in three-pointers made per game (11.2) and are last in three-point attempts per game (30.6).

So far, the Lakers’ defense is ranked 20th in the league at 117.6 points per contest. In their previous matchup vs. the Hawks, the Lakers’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 53% leading to 138 points.

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Celtics?

The Celtics are currently favored by 11 points against the Lakers. This season, Boston has been favored in 45 of their 48 games and have a record of 35-10 in those games. As the favorite, they have won their last two games straight up.

Boston’s ATS record for the season is 22-24, and they have failed to cover the spread in their last four home games. At home, the Celtics are 12-11 ATS, while going 10-13 ATS on the road.

In their most recent game, the Celtics defeated the Pacers by a score of 129-124. The O/U line for that game was 248.5, and the Celtics were favored by 8 points. This improved their overall record to 37-11, which is the best in the Eastern Conference.

This season, the average O/U line in Celtics games is 231.3, and their games have averaged 231.4 points. Overall, their O/U record for the season is 24-24.

At home, the Celtics are averaging 121.8 points per game, which is 6th in the NBA. Overall, they are 5th in the league with 120.4 points per game. In terms of pace, Boston is 18th at 98.5 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Celtics are the NBA’s top team in both made threes per game (16.2) and three-point attempts per game (42.6). Their three-point percentage is 38%, which is 4th in the league.

So far this season, Boston has outscored the NBA scoring average in 70.8% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 13th in the league at 47%. In terms of two-point shooting, the Celtics are 5th in the league at 56%.

At this time, the Celtics’ defense is positioned 6th in the NBA, permitting 111.0 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Celtics squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 52.4% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.4% from downtown.