Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
In what could possibly be a preview of the NBA finals the Boston Celtics are 3-point home favorites over the Boston Celtics.Â The over/under for the game is set at 188.Â This is the second time in the last two weeks that these two top teams have played.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 36-16 overall and have a record against the spread of 24-28.Â The Lakers are in the midst of a seven-game road trip.Â They began the road trip on Saturday beating the New Orleans Hornets 101-95 as five point road favorites.Â Another win and cover came Monday at Memphis when the Lakers beat the Grizzlies 93-84 as 3-point favorites.Â The Lakers are 17-8 on the road this year and 14-11 against the spread on the road. Â This is an important game for the Lakers.Â Not only do they want to avoid being swept by the Lakers this year, they are 0-4 against the teams with the top records in San Antonio, Miami and Boston.Â Los Angeles went 1-2 last year against the Celtics in Boston last year and also only covered in one of the three games played in Boston.Â The Lakers in fact have only covered twice in their last nine meetings in Boston.
The Celtics are 38-13 on the year and 25-26 against the spread.Â The currently lead the Eastern Conference by one game over the Miami Heat.Â Â Boston is coming off a 94-89 loss at Charlotte as 5-point favorites.Â The Celtics recently got back Kendrick Perkins who was out with a torn ACL injury.Â Hes now playing over 30 minutes a game and starting.Â Boston is 23-4 at home this year but is only 11-16 against the spread.Â The er is 9-2 in the last 11 home games.Â The last 4 games played in Boston the total went der
My bets for this game will be the Lakers plus the 3-points and the der.Â This is a much more important game for the Lakers who have yet to beat any of the top teams in the NBA.Â I look for Kobe Bryant to dominate tonight.Â The Celtics are banged up with injuries to Jermaine ONeal, Shaquile ONeal and Marquis Daniels.Â This will hamper Bostons play and the Lakers will win.
Los Angeles Lakers +3 Boston Celtics