NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJanuary 17, 2014

NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

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    The Boston Celtics are expecting point guard Rajon Rondo to play his first game of the 2013-14 season Friday night, per The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks, as they host the Los Angeles Lakers at the TD Garden.

    Sports bettors will find that the Celtics are 6.5-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 205.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this nonconference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.


    Gambling stats via SBR Forum.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped 12 of their last 13 games, including a 121-114 setback to the Phoenix Suns as 10.5-point road underdogs Wednesday.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Lakers are 2-3 straight up and 4-1 against the spread as road underdogs of 3.5 to six points this season.

Boston Celtics

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    The Boston Celtics are 1-9 straight up and 5-5 against the spread over their last 10 games, as they look to build off a 88-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors as four-point home underdogs Wednesday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Celtics have covered the number in 17 of 32 opportunities off an upset win as an underdog.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total, as the UNDER is 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings in Boston.

    NBA Pick: Under 205.5


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