(12/13/22) 10:00 PM Eastern.
Spread: Celtics -4 / Lakers +4
Moneyline: Celtics -165 / Lakers +140
Total: Over / Under 235.5
The Pick: LA Lakers +4
This Lakers team has played much better basketball the last month of the season. Winning 9 of their L14 games thanks in large part to the dominant play by Anthony Davis. Davis is averaging 27.7 PPG on 59.6% shooting, 12.4 RPG, and 2.2 BBP. He was pivotal in their 117-102 win against Boston the last time these two teams met and he will be again tonight with Al Horford out indefinitely. The Celtics are fresh off 2 double digit losses and, in both games, they’ve allowed more than their season average. On top of that they just played last night. The Lakers meanwhile are on 1 day’s rest and return Home for the first time since November 30th where LA has covered 4 of its last 5 games. This is also a massive rivalry game that’s generally gone back and forth with the Lakers winning outright in 5 of their L9 meetings and tonight they’re gifted 4 points. Playing well with fresh legs and returning home after a couple weeks against their division rivals that are banged up with no days rest. Take the points.