The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Boston Celtics tonight, Thursday Feb 7th, as the most storied rivalry in the NBA takes center stage. The Lakers have won four in a row in Boston and nine of the last 13 overall in this series. The Lakers have won six of seven and including three of four on the road. The Celtics are on a five game win streak since Rajon Rondo went out with a knee injury. NBA oddsmakers have the Celtics as -1.5 point home favorites over the Lakers with the over/under set at 195 points. Be sure to check out the 2013 NBA Betting Lines now.
.The Lakers (23-26, 8-16 V) beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-83, on the road, Tuesday night. Kobe Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds, while Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists. Earl Clark added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat the Nets for the 10th straight time. Gasol scored 15 points.
Metta World Peace will return from a one-game suspension and possibly play at power forward to defend Kevin Garnett. Dwight Howard missed his third consecutive game with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Pau Gasol, his replacement, said he felt a pop in his right foot when he went down with a little more than 4 minutes remaining. He was examined by Nets doctors and diagnosed with a strained plantar fascia.
“If it’s a one-third tear, within four to six weeks he should be OK,” said Dr. Robert Khorramian, a Santa Monica foot and ankle specialist. “If it’s a two-third tear, it would go much higher, possibly eight to 10 weeks. When there’s over a two-third or a complete tear, we advise surgery. That takes 12 to 14 weeks.”
The Celtics (25-23, 17-9 H) beat the Toronto Raptors 99-95, on the road, Monday night. Kevin Garnett poured in a game-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Celtics to their sixth consecutive victory. Courtney Lee added 15, while Paul Pierce added 12 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Kevin Garnett, through his representatives, exercised his no-trade clause to let the Nuggets know he had no interest in heading to Denver. Garnett insisted that he bleeds green.
Doc Rivers, who earned his 400th victory as the Celtics coach, and his group have done it with defense during this five-game winning streak. They’ve held opponents to an average of 92.4 ppg and that included a double-overtime win over one of the league’s top scoring teams, the defending champion Miami Heat.
Recent Betting Trends to Consider:
Under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Boston.
Under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.
Lakers are 7-15-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings.
Underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win.
Celtics are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Celtics are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
LA Lakers vs Boston Celtics
When: Thursday, Feb 7th, 2012@8:00 PM ET
Pick: Celtics –1.5
The Bottom Line: It’s too close to call, but with Kobe dishing the ball his team is winning. We recommend you sign up with Sportsbook.com to receive a 10% sign up bonus heading into the Lakers vs Celtics game.