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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/21/14

Boston Celtics (19-36) at Los Angeles Lakers (18-36)

NBA Basketball: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds

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The Boston Celtics head to Los Angeles on Friday to face off against the Lakers at the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers are just trying to get through the rest of their season at this point as the Lakers are sitting at 18-36 on the season.  The Lakers have one of the worst rated scoring defenses in the league right now, allowing a horrible 106.2 points per game this season.  The Lakers are putting up points, ranking in the middle of the league offensively, but with this defense the second half of the season looks pretty bleak for this team.  Last time out, the Lakers fell to the Houston Rockets, getting destroyed by Houston 134-108 on Wednesday at the Staples Center.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/21/14

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The Boston Celtics aren’t fairing much better than the Lakers this season, as the Celtics are in rebuilding mode as well.  Boston is just 19-36 this season, and currently the Celtics are in the 12th spot in the East.  The Celtics actually play well defensively, having a top ten scoring defense this season, but their offense is horrible.  The Celtics are putting up just 95.1 points per game this season, ranking as one of the worst scoring offenses in the league this year.  The Celtics got beat by the Suns in their last outing, falling to Phoenix 100-94 on Wednesday in Phoenix.

The Celtics are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games on Fridays, and Boston is 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games on the road.  Boston however is just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games when playing on just one day of rest.

The Lakers are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games at home, and the Lakers are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games when playing at home against a team with a losing record.

The line came out with the Lakers laying just 1.5 and my numbers say they are at least three points better.

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LA Lakers -1.5

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