Celtics vs. Lakers: Boston Has Value on Christmas Day

Action Network contributor Fetle Gebreziabher breaks down how to bet Celtics vs. Lakers, including a pick and prediction Christmas Day.

Celtics vs. Lakers Prediction, Picks for Monday, Dec. 25

Celtics Odds -4
Lakers Odds +4
Moneyline -166 / +140
Over/Under 234.5
Time Monday, 5 p.m. ET
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Here’s everything you need to know about Celtics vs. Lakers on Monday, Dec. 25 — our expert prediction and betting picks for today.

The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA’s most historic rivalry, will play their third Christmas Day matchup. Can the Celtics play grinch and steal the holiday spirit in L.A.?

Let’s get to our Celtics vs. Lakers prediction and pick.

Celtics vs. Lakers Prediction

Pick: Celtics +3 | Over 234

Celtics Betting Outlook

The Celtics were able to put up 145 points Saturday on a strong Clippers team despite being without Kristaps Porziņģis, who is questionable for today’s game.

Can the best team in the Eastern Conference get the job done on the road again? Boston has been perfect at home this season, with all six of the Celtics’ losses coming on the road, including one to kick off this California road trip against the Warriors.

The Celtics are 8-2 in the month of December and ranked sixth in scoring with 119.9 points per game.

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Lakers Betting Outlook

Anthony Davis called the game against the Thunder on Saturday a must-win, and the Lakers delivered, but what will the availability of Davis after playing 42 minutes against Oklahoma City?

Christmas Day 2023 marks LeBron James’ 18th Christmas game. If the Lakers win, it will mark James’ 11th win on the holiday, passing Dwyane Wade for the most all-time. He’s poised to have another big holiday game, but it won’t be enough to get the win.

Celtics vs. Lakers Picks, Odds

Both the Lakers and Celtics have hit the over five times in the past five games. The Celtics have outscored their opponents by an average of 10.2 points per games this season. Look for both to come out with energy, but expect Boston to get its second straight win in L.A.

Pick: Celtics -3 | Over 234