Boston Celtics at L.A. Lakers
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 8:40 PM (EST)|
Los Angeles, CA
The Line: Los Angeles +4
The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Saturday night.
The Boston Celtics haven't been at their best, but after losing five of six games, they will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the Kings in a 111-109 road win over the Kings on Wednesday. Jayson Tatum led the team with 24 points, Al Horford added 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists on eight of 10 shooting while Terry Rozier chipped in with 16 points in a rare start for the injured Kyrie Irving. As a team, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the field and 13 of 33 from the 3-point line, but even against the young Kings, the Celtics really had to scrap till the end, escaping with a narrow win thanks to Gordon Hayward who nailed the game-winner with two seconds left on the clock. With the narrow win, Boston improved to 40-26 overall and 16-16 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have been in a world of hurt as they've lost six of their last seven games and they will be looking to put a halt to a four-game skid after getting blown out by the Nuggets in a 115-99 home loss on Wednesday. LeBron James led the team with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, JaVale McGee added 16 points while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the Lakers shot 47 percent from the field and seven of 31 from the 3-point line, but you just knew it was going to be a rough night after the Nuggets stormed out to 43-25 lead at the end of the first quarter. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 30-35 on the season and 18-15 at home which leaves them 6.5 games out of eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, 1-4-1 ATS in their last six against the Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games. The Lakers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings, the Celtics are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Los Angeles.
The Lakers are flat-out desperate for wins but they just haven't been able to gain any sort of momentum as they haven't won back to back games since mid January, but they just might be catching the Celtics at the right time as they've been shaky where Irving is on the court or not. The last time these teams met ended in a clutch game-winner at the buzzer from Rajon Rondo who led the Lakers to a thrilling 129-128 comeback win back on Feb 7, but I think the Celtics get their revenge this time as you just can't trust the Lakers anymore.