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Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers 2/23/2020 NBA Picks and Previews

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Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers 2-23-2020 NBA Picks and Previews

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers 2/23/2020 – The Los Angeles Lakers host their long-time rival Boston Celtics on Sunday with NBA basketball odds slightly favoring the Lakers. Boston has gotten the Lakers’ number this season and will aim for a sweep. In their last encounter, the Celtics trashed the Lakers 139-107 at home. However, the purple and gold is on a four-game winning streak and home court advantage could tilt it in their favor. The Celtics hold the all-time regular season series over the Lakers, hoping to add another win to their credit.

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers 2/23/2020

When: February 23, 2020 3:30 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: ABC
Stream: NBA League Pass, SofaScore

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers 2/23/2020 Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Boston Celtics +7.5 (-110) 225.5 o (-110) +225

Los Angeles Lakers
-7.5 (-110) 225.5 u (-110) -275
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Boston Celtics Betting

The Boston Celtics go for a sweep of the Lakers this Sunday and hope to extend their winning run. They are coming off a big win over the Minnesota Timberwolves but have their work cut out. The Lakers are also rolling, meaning head coach Brad Stevens needs to get everyone focused. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown lead the charge anew, hoping to make up for Kemba Walker’s absence. A win by the Celtics could place them closer to the second-running Toronto Raptors out East.

Players to watch: J. Tatum PF 50 GP 50 GS 34.1 MIN 22.4 PTS 1 OR 5.9 DR 6.9 REB 2.9 AST 1.4 STL 0.9 BLK 2.2 TO 2.1 PF 1.3 AST/TO 19.55 PER

J. Brown SG 44 GP 44 GS 33.6 MIN 20.2 PTS 1.1 OR 5.3 DR 6.4 REB 2.2 AST 1.1 STL 0.3 BLK 2.4 TO 3 PF 0.9 AST/TO 17.27 PER

G. Hayward SF 37 GP 37 GS 33.2 MIN 17.3 PTS 1.1 OR 5.6 DR 6.7 REB 4.1 AST 0.7 STL 0.5 BLK 1.7 TO 1.8 PF 2.4 AST/TO 18.62 PER

Los Angeles Lakers Betting

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to find ways to solve Boston’s mastery over them. Coming off a big win over the Memphis Grizzlies, head coach Frank Vogel hopes to avert a season sweep against their rivals. LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be at the helm once more, hoping to get support from the bench. In question is Davis who suffered a mild calf injury against Memphis. Vogel could limit his minutes and give JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard longer playing time.

Players to Watch: A. Davis PF 46 GP 46 GS 34.7 MIN 26.6 PTS 2.1 OR 7.2 DR 9.2 REB 3.3 AST 1.6 STL 2.4 BLK 2.4 TO 2.4 PF 1.4 AST/TO 28.39 PER

L. James SF 51 GP 51 GS 34.9 MIN 25 PTS 1 OR 6.8 DR 7.8 REB 10.8 AST 1.3 STL 0.4 BLK 4 TO 1.7 PF 2.7 AST/TO 25.32 PER

K. Kuzma PF 44 GP 6 GS 24.7 MIN 12.6 PTS 0.9 OR 3.5 DR 4.4 REB 1.3 AST 0.4 STL 0.4 BLK 1.6 TO 1.8 PF 0.8 AST/TO 12.2 PER

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers 2/23/2020 Betting Numbers

Trends

Boston Celtics

Boston are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 7 games.
Boston are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
Boston are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against LA Lakers.
Celtics are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against LA Lakers.
Boston are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Boston are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers.
Celtics are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games this season.
Boston are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Pacific Division division.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 7 games played in February.

Los Angeles Lakers

LA Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 12 of LA Lakers’ last 17 games.
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Lakers’ last 5 games against Boston.
LA Lakers are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games at home.
LA Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when playing at home against Boston.
Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games this season.
LA Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers’ last 6 games played on a Sunday.

Injuries

Boston Celtics

Kemba Walker PG Knee is downgraded to OUT Sunday vs LA Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers

DeMarcus Cousins PF Knee is out for season
Anthony Davis PF Calf is probable Sunday vs Boston

Head-to-Head
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
33-21 Against the Spread 29-24
26-28 Straight Up 27-27
113 Points per Game 114
106 Points Allowed per Game 107
46.3 Offensive FG% 48.8
80.1 Offensive FT% 73.02
36.24 Offensive 3PT% 36.34
44.21 Defensive FG% 44.64
75.91 Defensive FT% 78.09
34.34 Defensive 3PT% 34.84

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Picks

Similar to their long rivalry, this game could go either way. The Celtics are playing good basketball at the moment but that may not be enough to convince moneyline NBA betting. Against a team that has James, Davis and other unpredictable stars, Boston is bound for a tough game. It will be a close match, a fitting treat for NBA fans this Sunday.

Moneyline: The ML handed to the Celtics for this game is at +225 while the Lakers are at -275 at home.

ATS: +7.5 is given to the Celtics across the spread while on the other side of the line are the Lakers with -7.5.

TOTALs: 225.5 is the given total for this match with the Celtics going over and the Lakers the team under.

Score Prediction: 113 – 115 Lakers