The Los Angeles Lakers (25-29) will play their first game since the passing of longtime owner Jerry Buss, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks on Wednesday night. The team will host the Boston Celtics (28-25) at the Staples Center.
Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are 7.5-point favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 196 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at this non-conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.
The Boston Celtics have alternated wins and losses over their last four games. They will attempt to bounce back from a 97-90 defeat to the Denver Nuggets as nine-point road underdogs.
Sports bettors will find that the Celtics are 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers have alternated wins and losses over their last six games. They will attempt to bounce back from a 125-101 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers as four-point underdogs six days ago.
Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are a disappointing 12-17 against the spread when taking on teams with a winning record during the 2012-13 NBA season.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the Boston Celtics as one of their sports betting picks on Wednesday night, as the road team has covered the number in five of the last six meetings in this series.
NBA Pick: Boston Celtics +7.5