A contest featuring two of the NBA’s best offensive teams will see the Boston Celtics (35-15) host the Los Angeles Lakers (23-26) at TD Garden on January 28, 2023. The Celtics are fourth in points per game (117.6), and the Lakers are fifth (117). Boston is a big favorite, by 8.5 points. The over/under in the game is set at 233.5.
How to bet Celtics vs. Lakers
Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Celtics as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -353 odds to pick up the win, while the Lakers are listed at +278 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 233.5 points.
Celtics vs. Lakers Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, January 28, 2023
- Game Time: 8:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ABC
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
- Arena: TD Garden
Celtics vs. Lakers Betting Trends
The Celtics are 25-23-2 against the spread this season. Boston has been victorious in 33, or 70.2%, of the 47 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. The Celtics have gone over the point total in 51% of their opportunities this year (25 times over 49 games with a set point total).
The Lakers have played 49 games, with 23 wins against the spread. Los Angeles is 15-21 in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 41.7% of those games). Lakers games this year have gone over the point total 26 times in 49 opportunities (53.1%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
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Celtics vs. Lakers Injury Report
Lakers: Lonnie Walker: Questionable (Knee), LeBron James: Questionable (Ankle), Anthony Davis: Probable (Foot), Austin Reaves: Out (Hamstring)
What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
Boston is surrendering 112.1 points per game this season (eighth-ranked in NBA), but it has really played well on offense, scoring 117.6 points per contest (fourth-best). Offensively the Celtics have fared better at home this season, putting up 121.7 points per game, compared to 113.8 per game when playing on the road. In their last 10 games, the Celtics have been putting up 113 points per game, an average that’s a little lower than the 117.6 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.
Boston has a 37% three-point percentage this season (ninth-ranked in NBA), but it has really thrived by making 15.5 threes per contest (second-best). The Celtics have taken 52.8% two-pointers and 47.2% three-pointers this year. Of the team’s buckets, 63% are two-pointers and 37% are threes.
What you need to know about the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles is the fifth-best squad in the NBA in points scored (117 per game) but fifth-worst in points conceded (118). At home the Lakers are putting up 117.8 points per game, 1.7 more than they are averaging away (116.1). The Lakers have fared better offensively in their previous 10 games, tallying 119.4 points per contest, 2.4 more than their season average of 117.
In 2022-23 Los Angeles is worst in the league in 3-point makes (10.5 per game) and fifth-worst in 3-point percentage (33.7%). The Lakers take 65.2% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 34.8% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 75.7% of the Lakers’ buckets are 2-pointers, and 24.3% are 3-pointers.
Our prediction to win this matchup is the Celtics, and we project that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 233.5 points.
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