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Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Lakers - 2/7/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics
Date & Time Thursday February 7, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
The Line: Boston Celtics -8 -- Over/Under: 224.5
TV Channel
TNT, SPEC
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NBA | L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Los Angeles Lakers need a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 111.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 112.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.9 points and 7.3 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of their last six road games.

The Boston Celtics look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 112.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.8 points and seven assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 13 of their last 14 home games.

The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Thursday games and 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 37-17 ATS in their last 54 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Pacific. The Lakers are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Celtics last 8 vs. Western Conference. The under is 32-15 in Lakers last 47 overall.

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off probably the most embarrassing loss of the season for any team, and while that should be a motivation factor, it could very well continue when you consider the entire team knows it was on the trading block for Anthony Davis. There's a lot of players on this Lakers roster who may have checked out. It's clearly what happened against the Indiana Pacers. Regardless, the Boston Celtics are one of the hotter teams in the league, which includes wins in 10 of their last 11, and they're winning their last five games by an average of 13.2 points. At home this season, the Celtics are winning by an average of 10.8 points. I'll lay the buckets with the Celtics at home.

Pick:
Boston Celtics -8

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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