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Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions, Odds, Picks

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated October 14, 2022
12 min read
  • The Lakers continue to struggle, entering this game off the back of a loss to their city rivals.
  • The Celtics have now won 6 of their last 10 games.
  • The Celtics won their earlier meeting with the Lakers this season, 130-108.

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Boston Celtics +2.5 (-105)
O 217 (-110)
Los Angeles Lakers -2.5 (-115)
U 217 (-110)

Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and Picks

The Boston Celtics had one of their best games when they last took on the Los Angeles Lakers. With positive output over his last five matches, Russell Westbrook looks like the difference-maker this time out against the Celtics.


Los Angeles Lakers def. Boston Celtics (+120)

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Head-to-Head: Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers

Boston Celtics
Head-to-Head Los Angeles Lakers
Ime Udoka Head Coach Frank Vogel
13-11 (7th in East) Standing 12-12 (8th in West)
W-L-W-W Form L-W-W-L
109.6 (13th of 30) Off Rtg 107.1 (23rd of 30)
107.2 (11th of 30) Def Rtg 108.8 (16th of 30)
96.8 (23rd of 30) Pace 101.2 (3rd of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Tatum (25.2) PPG L. James (25.6)
J. Tatum (8.8) RPG A. Davis (10.0)
M. Smart (5.5) APG R. Westbrook (8.6)
M. Smart (2.1) SPG L. James (1.8)
R. Williams (1.9) BPG A. Davis (2.2)
R. Williams (.750)/J. Tatum (8.8) FG%/FGM D. Jordan (.703)/A. Davis (9.7)
G. Williams (.432)/J. Tatum (2.7) 3P%/3PM C. Anthony (.429)/L. James (2.8)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics 5 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Hamstring) Brown did not play in Boston’s Saturday (Dec 4) game.
Al Horford Boston Celtics 5 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Back) Horford did not play in Boston’s Saturday (Dec 4) game.
Romeo Langford Boston Celtics 5 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Ankle) Langford did not play in Boston’s Saturday (Dec 4) game.
Trevor Ariza Los Angeles Lakers 6 Oct 2021 Out (Ankle) Ariza is still recovering after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.
Kendrick Nunn Los Angeles Lakers 16 Nov 2021 Out (Knee) Nunn is dealing with a bone bruise in his right knee and there is no timetable for his return.

How can the Celtics beat the Lakers?

The Celtics certainly don’t have the household names to compete with the Lakers, but they absolutely have the work ethic. They’ll want to emulate their previous success against the Lakers and that comes with a team effort.

Boston were able to weather the Lakers’ early storm last time out, but it was their role players who carried them through. While Jayson Tatum led them overall, the likes of Horford, Schroder, and Smart carried them through multiple phases of the game.

The Celtics have strength in depth, something that the Lakers have struggled with. If head coach Ime Udoka can get another solid night out of his bench unit, they could sweep the season series against their eternal rivals.

Celtics Key Player: (F) Jayson Tatum

Look no further than the Boston Celtics’ young star Jayson Tatum for the key to their victory. In Boston’s last game against the Lakers, Tatum stole the show.

In Boston’s 22-point blowout win Tatum posted 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 steals on 50% shooting from the field. Tatum even hit 4 three-point field goals while going a perfect 7 of 7 from the free throw line.

Tatum started that last meeting off slowly, but quickly grew into the game. If the Celtics All-Star can be aggressive from the opening quarter, they can run away with the game again.

How can the Lakers beat the Celtics?

On their home court, the Los Angeles Lakers want to avenge their earlier season loss to the Boston Celtics. If the key to victory for the Lakers could be simply, they cannot fade.

The Lakers started off the first quarter of their recent loss to the Celtics strong, but as the game went on they couldn’t maintain their hot streak.

When it comes to beating the Celtics, the Lakers need to find production from their role players. Talen Horton-Tucker and Avery Bradley in particular need to be a factor, as the pair were a combined 2 of 10 the last time they played Boston.

Lakers Key Player: (G) Russell Westbrook

The Los Angeles Lakers must avenge their recent blowout loss to the Boston Celtics. In their last meeting, Russell Westbrook was disappointed.

In his last game against the Celtics, it was Russell Westbrook who failed to make a positive enough impact for the Lakers. He posted 12 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds on just 5 of 13 shooting.

The Celtics are young and direct on both sides of the court. While shooting will never be his strong suit, Westbrook has all the pace and vision needed to empower his teammates. If the former Most Valuable Player can overcome Boston’s shot blockers, the Lakers would be well equipped to avenge their recent loss.

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How to Watch Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers Information
Teams Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Location STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
Time 10:00 PM EST, December 7th, 2021
How to Watch TNT
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