The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night at the Crypto.com Arena with tipoff set for 10:00 PM ET. The longtime rivals meet for the first time this season with the Celtics ranking as the best team in the league and the Lakers trending upward as well after an abysmal start to the season. Los Angeles is coming off a 124-117 victory on the road in Detroit and was led once again by the one-two punch of LeBron and Anthony Davis. The Celtics were trounced last night against the Clippers 113-93 and are now 3-2 on their road trip that ends tonight.
Lakers vs. Celtics Betting Odds
*Lines accurate at the time of publication
Lakers vs. Celtics Best Bets
Celtics -3.5 (-105 DraftKings)
Coming off their worst loss of the season last night, the Celtics should be motivated for a bounce-back performance. Having now lost back-to-back games, they haven’t lost three in row since the middle of last season. While the Lakers may have an edge in the paint with Al Horford out again and Anthony Davis dominating inside, the Lakers will have no answer for Boston’s elite perimeter offense. With stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way, the best team in the league holds sizeable edges in many categories. In back-to-back situations this season, the Celtics are 5-0 straight up and 4-1 ATS in the second game. They are also 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 6-1 ATS against teams with losing records.
Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -4)
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Lakers vs. Celtics Game Total Under 235.5 Points (-110 DraftKings)
With Boston being the favorite and on a back-to-back, games that fit this scenario have seen the under hit 59% of the time this season. The under is also 12-3 when the Celtics are on the road this year with every single game on their current 5-game trip going under. Boston has one of the best turnover ratios in the league which should result in fewer fast-break chances for the Lakers who like to run their offense through Anthony Davis anyways. This number is simply way too high considering how these teams like to play.
Risk: 1.1 Units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to 234)