Celtics vs. Lakers - 12/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (5-14) at Boston Celtics (5-11)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -2.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, CSNN
The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics play Friday night at the TD Garden.
The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last four games and will wrap up a three-game road trip. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 103.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and are allowing 111.1 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 26 points and 4.9 assists while Jordan Hill is averaging 13.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. Nick Young is shooting 40.7 percent from the field and Carlos Boozer has 15 rebounds in his last two games. The Los Angeles Lakers continue to play improved basketball since the return of Young, but their defense continues to let them down. The Lakers are allowing 109.6 points in their last five games and are 2-12 SU this season when allowing 100-plus points. The schedule only gets harder from here, so the Lakers must take advantage of these games.
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The Boston Celtics have lost five of their last six games and are also looking to improve defensively. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 103.8 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 107.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Jeff Green leads Boston with 19 points on 44 percent shooting and Jared Sullinger is averaging 16.3 points and 8.4 rebounds. Rajon Rondo is averaging 10.9 assists per game and Avery Bradley has 24 points in his last two games. The Boston Celtics are allowing teams to shoot 39.3 percent from beyond the arc on the season and are 3-10 SU this season when allowing 100-plus points. The good news is that the Celtics have improved their defensive numbers recently but are still allowing 105 points per game in their last five contests.
The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Celtics are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I like the Lakers offensive weapons against a poor Celtics defense a lot more than the Celtics offense against a poor Lakers defense. I'm taking LA and the points, but we shouldn't need them here.