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Lakers vs. Celtics - 2/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (20-32) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-41)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN, TWC SN, NBATV

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers square off Sunday night at the STAPLES Center.

The Boston Celtics look to build on wins in four of their last six games. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 100.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and are allowing 102.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Jared Sullinger is averaging 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 13.7 points and 1.6 assists. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Evan Turner is shooting 41.8 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics just won’t go away, as they’re still hanging around in the playoff race and some of the moves before the trade deadline could help them take that next step. The Celtics are an interesting team to watch down the stretch. Isaiah Thomas is questionable to make his debut while Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome are probable.

Lakers vs. Celtics - 2/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in full tank mode after losing their last seven games. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 99.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting and are allowing 106.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Nick Young is averaging 13.3 points and one assist while Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.5 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Hill is grabbing 8.1 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.5 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting just 41.4 percent from the field in their last five games and have lost 13 straight games when scoring less than 100 points. The Lakers have also won just three home games since 2015 and are 7-19 SU on their home court.

The Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Boston Celtics are still competing and still have something to play for considering they're just a couple of games out of the playoff race. Also, the Celtics are only going to improve with the addition of Thomas. The Lakers? Well, they've been fade material for the last month or so.. Take Boston and lay the bucket. 

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