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Betting On Celtics Lakers – Lakers Come Out On Top In Battle Of Age-Old Rivals

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/10/2014 5:05:35 AM

Sports betting players should still keep an eye on the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston, as they both still have the tools to win a championship, but they’re coming off poor performances on Wednesday night and there are trade rumors swirling around both teams. However, it’s always an occasion when they get together and in Sunday’s nationally-televised affair, look to the Lakers to eke out a tight victory.

What: NBA Betting
When: Sunday, March 11th, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Pick: Los Angeles Lakers

Why Bet On Boston Celtics (20-18 SU, 16-22 ATS)

The Celtics had a five-game winning streak come to a screeching halt with a 103-71 rout at the hands of the 76ers in Philadelphia, as they were down 33-17 at the end of the first quarter and it was all downhill from there. Paul Pierce was the high man with 16 points, while Brandon Bass added 12 points for the Celtics, who had gone to overtime on Sunday and Tuesday and it was just one of those nights where they couldn’t get it going, shooting 35% from the field, missing all eight of their three-point attempts and they were outrebounded 54-35. The Celtics were physically manhandled in this game as they were outscored 44-30 in the paint, and they continue to struggle on the road, where they have lost five of their 15 games. They still have to play at home on Friday night against Portland, and they need a big bounce-back game before they face the Lakers on Sunday.

However, this could be the stretch of the season that decides the Celtics’ fate as they begin an eight-game road trip and if they lose, for example, seven of them, they could be in trouble as they’re sitting in seventh place. They also still have the Rajon Rondo saga hanging over the team and they have until the trade deadline on March 15th to figure out what they’re going to do about their mercurial point guard. The Celtics say they’re not shopping Rondo and he has been playing excellent basketball as of late; quite frankly, he is their best player. But he may not make it back to Boston when this trip is over.

Why Bet On Los Angeles Lakers (23-16 SU, 18-21 ATS)

However, NBA betting players watched the Lakers lose a 21-point lead in the second half of a 106-101 loss in Washington on the same night and even though Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, he shot 9-of-31 from the field. He added five rebounds, four assists and four steals, but Bryant shot the Lakers out of the game when they could have just went down in the post to Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, who combined to shoot 12-of-19. As a result, the Lakers shot 39.5% from the field and that is the downside you get with Kobe Bryant: he’s a shooter and he isn’t going to stop shooting, but he should have used better judgment here. The Wizards also outrebounded the Lakers 51-42 and outscored them 52-36 in the paint, and now they head to Minnesota on Friday night to try and avoid a three-game skid on the road, where they are 6-14. There is no good reason the Lakers should be as poor on the road as they are, but at least they’ll be returning to the Staples Center, where they are 17-2.

It’s not panic time yet around the Lakers, but losses at Detroit and Washington should worry some of their fans as well as sharps looking to lay a little on Los Angeles. Bryant’s shooting was awful over those two games as he combined to go 17-of-57 and that simply isn’t good enough. We’re sure he knows it, but that’s his mentality when the Lakers should be pounding the ball down low to Bynum and Gasol, who, like Rondo, has been the subject of trade rumors. This Boston game is going to be a very intriguing affair.

How It Will Play Out

The Lakers should be the home NBA betting favorites in this encounter of historic rivals, and they’ve won three of their last five at the Staples Center against the Celtics, going 2-3 ATS, and two of the game went over the posted total, along with a push. Los Angeles is also 13-6 ATS at home, while Boston is 5-10 ATS on the road.

Look for those trends to hold up as the Lakers are more comfortable in the Staples Center, although we expect big games from Rondo and Pierce, who is from Los Angeles. These aging powers can still put on a show and it’ll be a close game, but lean towards the Los Angeles Lakers in Sunday’s online betting picks.

Celtics Lakers Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers


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