Will Celtics Blow Out Old Rivals Lakers In Tonight's Clash?

Isaiah Thomas Boston Celtics

Friday, February 3, 2017 1:20 PM GMT

One of the all-time great rivalries meet up again tonight as the Los Angeles Lakers travel to take on the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately this game doesn’t have the same luster as we have seen in years past. Can Los Angeles find a way to keep this game close?

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles is on the second leg of a back to back after playing Washington last night and has struggled for most of the season. Offensively the Lakers have been about average averaging just 104 points per game and shooting 44.5% from the floor. They also rank 21st and 23rd in shooting efficiency and effective field goal percentage respectively, far from where they want to be statistically. The bad news for Lakers fans is those statistics are actually really solid in comparison to the defensive side. The Lakers are allowing opponents to shoot 36.6% from distance and rank 27th in the league in opponent shooting efficiency. Worse and that is that they rank dead last in the NBA in opponent effective field-goal percentage, opponent overall shooting percentage, and opponent to point shooting percentage. This is a really young team that is still a couple years away at least from getting back into the mix of the playoffs. Although the future looks bright for Los Angeles tonight I don’t see them staying within double digits.

 Boston Celtics

After limping out of the gates Boston has started to play some really good basketball recently and currently are on a five-game winning streak after a tremendous comeback versus Toronto the other night. Brad Stevens has his team clicking right now on both sides of the ball. Currently Boston is averaging 108.2 .3 game which ranks sixth in the NBA, and they also rank sixth and seventh in shooting efficiency and effective field-goal percentage respectively. They are doing exactly what Stevens likes to teach defensively as well as they have been solid defending the perimeter allowing opponents just 34.5% from distance ranking them fifth in the NBA. This statistic alone will spell trouble for Los Angeles as shooting the three is a staple of Luke Walton’s offense. This has blowout written all over it, back the Celtics.

 

NBA Odds

oddsmakers have come out making Boston a strong -12.5 favorite.  I usually don’t like laying this many points but for my NBA pick I will back the Celtics and expect a blowout.

Free NBA Pick: Celtics +11Best LIne Offered: at Pinnacle

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