L.A. Lakers vs. Boston Celtics: NBA Spread Predictions, Vegas Odds and Picks

Joe DuffyAnalyst IFebruary 10, 2011

Lakers vs. Celtics pose a great opportunity for bettors tonight
Lakers vs. Celtics pose a great opportunity for bettors tonightJeff Gross/Getty Images

OffshoreInsiders.com Senior Sports Handicapper Matt Rivers has a winner Thursday, and it is the L.A. Lakers (+2.5) at Boston.

The Celtics seem a tad easy here at home, don’t they? This game reminds me of the other night, when the superior Atlanta Hawks were laying a similar number (four) to the decent—but nothing more—Philadelphia 76ers at Phillips Arena.

We all know what happened there, as the dog won by a bazillion. The oddsmaker knew what was up there, and he knows what’s up here, as well.

Doc's boys have been really, really good this season, and may represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals when all is said and done. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo form a ferocious foursome that is experienced and hard to guard.

These guys have been more consistent and, frankly, better than L.A. this season. If the number was half-a-dozen plus, I wouldn’t have been surprised in the slightest, and that is telling me a ton.

I can once again see Joe Square all over the Celtics, believing they are so easy and they will win going away and blah, blah, blah.

After all, Boston just went to Staples and took care of business. Therefore, this thing back East will be a cakewalk...or so says the novice.

I have the feeling that tonight, Kobe and the Lakers get some revenge for the thumping they took last week at home by these same Celtics.

Los Angeles still has a height advantage with Gasol, Bynum and Odom, and even if they aren’t as tough and physically strong—maybe—as the Celtics bigs, this is a great spot for them to "man up" and show the league how this team is not done and can win another title, with or without Carmelo Anthony coming to town.

The Lake Show are still the defending champions, and a team that has failed a few times thus far in big-game spots.

They lost to the C’s and Heat at home, and I really think that going on the road against these teams is going to prove fruitful for Phil Jackson’s squad.

As the dog, I am more than fine with backing the Black Mamba in a big-game spot.

The Top expert pick on this game: L.A. Lakers

For more information: When you’re a four-point dog up by 32 at the half and win outright by 34, you feel pretty good!

It’s now a 10-3 overall run after the 76ers did what they did. This comes on the heels of the 13-4 season-ending football run, and I’m now ready to raise that bar and smack around the Crookie one more time.

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