Basketball betting handicappers are surprised at the success of the Boston Celtics as they are looking like the online basketball betting team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Celtics will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night with a telecast on TNT set to start at 8 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this classic NBA rivalry matchup so be sure and have your account open and ready for action.
The Lakers and Celtics are the most storied and historic rivalry in the NBA and met last year in the NBA Finals as the Lakers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to win the last 2 games at home and take the NBA title in a thrilling 7 game series.
The Lakers were 35-16 straight up and 12-11-1 with the NBA lines. LA was 12-11-1 against the spread on the road and went under the total in 13 of their 24 away games. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 25.5 points per game. LA got the money in just 1 out of 5 games from January 28 through February 5.
The Celtics were 37-12 straight up and 23-24-2 with the NBA betting odds. Boston was 10-14-2 against the spread at home and went over the total in 17 out of 26 games as a host. The Celtics had the top ranked defense in the NBA and Paul Pierce led the offense with 19 points per game.
The Celtics have dominated the board in this head to head series as the Lakers have paid out in just 5 of their last 20 games against Boston with 4 losses against the spread in their last 5 meetings against the Celtics.
In the previous meeting of the season between these two teams on January 30 the Celtics scored a 109-96 win at Los Angeles as 3 point dogs as the game went over the total, which snapped a 5 game under streak between the teams.