Battle of Greatest Rivalry on Tap as Celtics Host LA Lakers (02/07/2019)

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The Boston Celtics will attempt to maintain their winning disposition and will strive to capture their sixth consecutive victory and 14 of their last 15 home games as they get ready to resume competition in a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. The two storied franchises and inter-conference rivals are scheduled to lock horns in the first installment of their two-game regular season series with the showdown set to be contested Thursday night at the TD Garden in Boston.

Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Spread: Boston -9
Total: 226.5

The Celtics have dominated the rivalry of late winning four of the last five confrontations but evidently, the Lakers were without their superstar Lebron James, who will play against the Celtics for the first time since he and the Cavaliers beat Boston in the conference finals last season. The Celtics, who are 10-4 against the numbers in their last 14 home games with 13 wins during that stretch, enter this affair as a 9-point home favorite, according to Bovada Sporstbook, with total sitting at 226.5 points.

Prediction: Boston 120 – LA Lakers 112

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LA Lakers:
Team record: 27-27 SU,24-29-1 ATS
LA Lakers is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers’s last 6 games
LA Lakers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Boston:
Team record: 35-19 SU,27-26-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Boston is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games

Next up:
Los Angeles at Philadelphia Sunday, February 10
Boston home to Los Angeles Saturday, February 9