National Basketball Prediction: LAL vs. BOS
Los Angeles Lakers (5-5, 1-2 away) at Boston Celtics (9-2, 3-1 home)
November 8, 2017- 8:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) TD Garden, Boston, MA
Winners of nine straight, the Boston Celtics will look to remain hot when they play host to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers in an East meets West matchup on Wednesday night at TD Garden that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Lakers Lines: MyBookie Spread (+9) ML +310
Best Celtics Lines: 5Dimes Spread (-9) ML -360
Over/Under: SportsBetting 208.5
Two teams who are in the midst of winning streaks will seek to keep it intact when they meet for the first of two meetings this season as the Lakers and Boston rivalry continues to be special with the history of these two teams when it comes to playing in the Finals.
Los Angeles has captured their last two games to run even their record at 5-5, but now will embark on a four-game road swing starting in Beantown. The Lakers are 2 ½ games back of Golden State in the Pacific Division.
This year’s Lakers team is made up of exciting, young talent with a slight mix of veterans. The No. 2 pick in PG Lonzo Ball is still trying to find his way from the outside, but LA fans have to be ecstatic over the play of Kyle Kuzma, who is averaging 15.4 points with 6.4 boards per game.
For Boston, they have rebounded nicely after losing Gordon Hayward to a season-ending injury on opening night at Cleveland. With nine consecutive wins, the Celtics at 9-2 have opened a 2 ½ game lead over Toronto in the Atlantic Division. Hayward was to make up the Big Three along with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
Now, out for the season, the Celtics have gotten a big boost from their No. 3 pick in Jayson Tatum, who through his first 11 games is averaging 14.3 points along with 6.5 rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game.
The Celtics delivered the sweep last season over the Lakers and after Wednesday, these two long-time rivals will meet in Los Angeles on January 23.
The Lakers are a team that plays fast-pace while putting the ball in the hole with 106.5 points per game but how will they do versus a Boston team that shines on the defensive end holding opponents to 94.5 points per game?
For sports betting purposes for our US players, 5Dimes is favoring BOS (-9.5) points over LAL with an over/under of 208.5 total game points scored from SportsBetting; a number I will play as I will favor the OVER of 208.5 total points scored as my best betting pick.