Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/30/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (5-27) at Boston Celtics (18-13)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -12.5 -- Over/Under: 206 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, TWC SN, CSNN
The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics meet early Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
The Los Angeles Lakers are desperate for a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 96.3 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 17.3 points and 3.4 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 14.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. Louis Williams is dishing 2.5 assists and Julius Randle is grabbing 9.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.8 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.
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The Boston Celtics look to build on their impressive four-game winning streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 98.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 20.7 points and 6.8 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.2 points and 2.4 rebounds. Jae Crowder is dishing 1.8 assists and Jared Sullinger is grabbing 9.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.6 turnovers per game. The Boston Celtics have won six of their last nine home games. David Lee is questionable with a back injury.
The Lakers are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
You know Kobe is going to want to end things in Boston with a victory. While that probably won't happen, the Lakers are a decent 4-4 ATS when a double-digit dog and Boston has been a double-digit favorite just twice this season. I'll take the points here.