Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics - 1/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics - 1/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (34-13) at Los Angeles Lakers (17-29)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Boston Celtics need a win here that would snap a three-game losing streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 102.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 98 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.5 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won three straight road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 106.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 15.7 points and 3.4 assists. Jordan Clarkson is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won five straight home games.

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The Celtics are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Boston Celtics have been a little shaky recently, as they're shooting just 41.8 percent from the field in their last five games and are being outscored by 1.4 points during that span. The Los Angeles Lakers are playing some of their best ball we've seen from them in years, as they're firing on all cylinders offensively and are now being outscored by just 1.1 points at home this season. The Lakers have also won outright each of their last three home games when an underdog. The Celtics are obviously the better team, and they'll turn things around eventually, but the value is with the Los Angeles Lakers and the points in their current form. 

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers +4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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