Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics - 2/23/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics - 2/23/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (39-16) at Los Angeles Lakers (42-12)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Staples Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Boston Celtics look for a statement win after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 22.5 points and seven rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 21.8 points and five assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won five of their last seven road games.

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The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.7 points and 9.3 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.1 points and 10.7 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last six home games.

The Celtics are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games as an underdog and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Celtics last 7 overall. The over is 12-5 in Lakers last 17 overall. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be eager for a revenge spot after getting rocked by the Celtics about a month ago, and they should like their chances with Boston being without Kemba. The Lakers are winning at home by an avrage of 9.9 points, and they're on fire offensively with 50.3 percent shooting in their last five games. To hang around with this Lakers team on the road, the Celtics need to be at full strength, and they're short their star point guard. I'll eat the reasonable chalk. 

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers -6.5

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