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Celtics vs Lakers Prediction: Boston Wins Big!
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Celtics vs Lakers Prediction: Boston Wins Big!

by AJ LeivaApril 15, 2021
  • When: April 15th,2021 at 10:00 PM EST
  • Where: Staples Arena, Los Angeles
  • Odds: According to BetMGM
  • Spread: Boston -6.5 (-110) | Lakers +6.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 211.5 (-110) | Under 211.5 (-110)
  • Money Line: Boston (-275) | Lakers (+220)

The latest matchup in the NBA’s oldest rivalry is about to go down. On Thursday night the Boston Celtics will complete a three-game Western Conference road trip against the L.A. Lakers.

With a win here the Boston Celtics will have gone 3-0 on their Western showdowns. Including a dominant win over the Denver Nuggets and a thrilling one-point win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Celtics Betting Trends and Numbers to Know

The Boston Celtics (29-26) have seemingly finally figured out the proper lineup and rotation to capitalize and win games. Over the past three years, the Celtics come into each season with a ton of hype and high expectations to win the East. But again and again, Boston has fallen on its face and unable to live up to the expectations.

In 2021 the Celtics seemed to have turned a new leaf, Over its last 10 games, Boston is 7-3 SU and 5-4-1 ATS. During this latest run, the Celtics have outscored opponents by 9.6 points per possession. For the season Boston is above the league average scoring 113.4 points per 100 possessions. On defense, Boston is the third-ranked rebounding team in the NBA and force turnovers on 14.4 percent of defensive possessions.

Throughout the past three years, Jayson Tatum has built himself into a two-way force and captured the eyes of NBA fans in the postseason. The biggest question that has surrounded Tatum and the Celtics was who else would show up on the court?

Kemba Walker has settled into a reduced role that capitalizes his offensive strengths and ball movement, the trade of Daniel Theis to the Bulls has allowed Robert Wiliams to enter the lineup. The 2018 first-round big man out of Texas A&M has averaged 8.2 PPG, 7 REB, and1.8 AST.

Boston Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston’s 10 games
  • 7-3 SU over the last 10
  • 4-1 ATS in their last 5 against the Lakers
  • 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
  • 12-2 in last 14 April games.

Lakers Betting Trends and Numbers to Know

The trade-off that comes with having a super team is the lack of quality depth. Because the couple of stars are taking in most of the cap space there is little left over for bench players. When Those stars are injured or out of the game things can get ugly.

Despite losing both of its superstar players, Los Angeles has been able to largely tread water in the 13 games that they have been without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers are 6-7 over the stretch with a surprising upset of the Nets. However, take a closer look at the record and you will see that most of those wins are against the bottom feeders of the NBA, they are the Cavaliers, Magic, and Kings.

Part of the reason the Lakers are having success without their top two players is their efficiency at both ends of the court. The Lakers boast the NBA first-ranked defense, allowing 1.013 points per possession. In addition, the Lakers rank top five in effective field goal percentage at 51.7 percent and average 5.5 blocked shots per game.

The offense is a shelf of its self but they have been able to maintain a top 10 in a number of categories, 2-point shooting percentage of 54.3% and three point percentage of 47.6.

Lakers Trends

  • Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5
  • Total has gone OVER in 4 of LA’s last 5
  • Total has gone OVER in 5 of LA 6 against Boston at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in Lakers last 6 game at home
  • La is 4-1 ATS against Eastern confrence

FREE PICK for Celtics vs Lakers

  • Celtics -6.5 Under 211.5
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AJ Leiva