Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Boston Celtics – NBA Consensus Betting Picks | Betting Odds
The Los Angeles had weeks waiting for the return of LeBron James. As soon as he got on the floor, the team was thrashed by the Indiana Pacers 136-94 on Tuesday Night. The 42-point loss was the worst in James’ career. Now the Lakers visit the Boston Celtics in prime time on Thursday Night in what looks like a fascinating matchup. Both the Lakers and the Celtics have been actively trying to get deals done to shake up their roster.
Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Boston Celtics Predictions
During the Indiana loss every time Brandon Ingram was at the free throw line, there was a chant from Pacers fans saying “LeBron is going to trade you.” Then three empty seats between James and Ingram were spotted every time they were on the bench, making the visual look worst. Both the Lakers and the Celtics have been actively trying to get deals done to shake up their roster before the NBA trade Los Angeles is 7-13 in their last 20 games. Of course, 18 were without LeBron James who was battling with a groin injury.
But the losing streak should tell you why the front office wants to make a few deals to improve their roster. Many are waiting to see what the New Orleans Pelicans will do with Anthony Davis, who declared he wants out of the Pelicans. The word on the street is he will end up in LA either this season or in 2020. The drama in Boston has a similar taste with very different results. Just days ago Kyrie Irving suggested he wasn’t committed to returning to the Celtics. The team has been trying to build a winning formula around him.
The Celtics, however, have been immune to those comments; at least the results say so. Boston has won 10 of their last 11 games, including wins against solid teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors during that span. Boston has covered the spread in two of their last four games. They failed against the Cavaliers as 10.5-point favorites winning by seven on Tuesday. Against the Lakers, they might be close to double-digit faves again. Right now is impossible to trust the Lakers with all the drama surrounding them. Their showing in Indiana was pathetic. I’m taking the Celtics to win and cover.
What’s the play? Celtics.
- Spread: -9.5
- Money line: -110
- Game total: 224.5
- Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
- Game time: 8:00 PM ET
- Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
- TV: TNT
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