National Basketball Association: BOS vs. LAL
Boston Celtics (34-13, 16-5 away) at Los Angeles Lakers (17-29, 11-14 home)
January 23, 2018- 10:30 PM ET (TV TNT) STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Meeting for the final time this season, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers will clash in late night hoops action at Staples Center on Tuesday that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Celtics Lines: 5Dimes Spread (-4) ML -165
Best Lakers Lines: MyBookie Spread (+4) ML “See Live Odds”
Over/Under: XBet 208.5
The best team in the East at 34-13, the Celtics enter this matchup looking to snap a three-game losing streak as they will seek the season sweep over a Lakers team, who have captured their last two games.
With losses to New Orleans, Philadelphia and Orlando all at home on their recent homestand, the Celtics are hoping to get things turned around with a clash against the purple and gold in what should be an exciting contest in a nationally televised game.
Holding a 2 game lead over Toronto in the Atlantic Division, the Celtics are feeling the heat of the Raptors as they will be in the midst of a four-game road swing out West. Already with a 107-96 home win over the Lakers back in Bean Town earlier in the season, Boston will look to take advantage of a porous LA defense that has suffered since the beginning of the season.
The Lakers have found success in six of their last 8 games, including two straight wins versus Indiana and New York, but going forward, Los Angeles must find a way to improve upon their defense which is now allowing 109.9 points per game while scoring 106.6 per game.
At 17-29, the Lakers are a whopping 19 ½ games back of the Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division and must make a serious run the rest of the way to have any hope of sneaking into the postseason.
Suffering a loss the first time around to a Boston team that was in the midst of a 16-game winning streak, the Lakers will be searching for better results versus the Celtics at home where they have captured five straight.
But, to get it done, the Lakers must find a way to win without the services of their two starting guards in Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Exciting to watch and a team that plays hard, will the Lakers have enough to beat the Celtics without two of the best playmakers?
For sports betting purposes for our US players, 5Dimes is favoring BOS (-4) points over LAL with an over/under of 208.5 total game points scored from XBet; a number I will play as I will favor the OVER of 208.5 total game points scored as my best betting pick.