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Basketball Betting: L.A. Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

Basketball betting Thursday features the dream matchup of the Lakers and Celtics in a possible NBA betting preview of the Finals.

Basketball betting fans recall that the Lakers dominated Boston on Christmas day, setting up a NBA betting revenge scenario for the Celtics here.  The Los Angeles Lakers have been a break even basketball betting proposition so far this season.

The Lakers tend to be a most dangerous NBA betting dog, however, as they were a perfect 3-0 when getting points.  LA had an overall basketball betting record of 37-9 straight up and 23-23 against the basketball betting lines.

The Lakers perked up towards the second half of January as they got the cash in seven out of ten games from January 13 through January 31.  The Lakers also went over the total in seven of those 10 games and have gone over the basketball betting total in 28 out of 46 games.

The Lakers NBA betting strength has been their offense which was ranked number one in the league.  Their defense has been a middle of the pack unit and ranked 15th.  Kobe Bryant, as would be expected, led the Lakers in scoring with an average of 26.6 points per game.

He also led the team in assists while Pao Gasol led in rebounds with an average of 9 per game.  The Boston Celtics had an overall basketball betting mark of 39-9 straight up and 28-20 against the basketball betting lines.

Boston caught fire in the second half of January and went on an eight game basketball betting win streak both straight up and against the spread to end the month.  Boston was 16-9 against the number in home basketball betting action. In home over/under basketball betting play the Celtics went under in just 10 out of 25 games.

Boston is one of the best defensive teams in basketball betting as they ranked 2nd in the league while ranking 9th overall on offense.  The Celtics main basketball betting assets include leading scorer Paul Pierce who was averaging 19 points per game.  Kevin Garnett led in rebounds with an average of 9 per game.

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