Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • The Lakers have now lost two games in a row and are .500 over their last ten games.
  • The Celtics have also been struggling, but begin a four-game homestand.
  • The Lakers and Celtics split their season series last year.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Odds and Picks

The Lakers are coming off of a loss where they struggled to contain one of the league’s premier talents. While the Celtics are also dangerous, the need to bounce back and the lack of opposition in the paint should put the game in Los Angeles’ favor.

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Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers 7:30 PM EST, November 19th, 2021
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Head-to-Head: Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers
Head-to-Head Boston Celtics
Frank Vogel Head Coach Ime Udoka
8-8 (8th in West) Standing 7-8 (9th in East)
L-L-W-L Form L-W-L-W
104.9 (24th of 30) Off Rtg 106.2 (21st of 30)
107.7 (15th of 30) Def Rtg 106.0 (11th of 30)
102.2 (2nd of 30) Pace 96.4 (27th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

L. James (24.8) PPG J. Brown (25.6)
A. Davis (10.8) RPG R. Williams (9.2)
R. Westbrook (8.8) APG D. Schroder, M. Smart (5.1)
L. James (2.3) SPG M. Smart (2.5)
A. Davis (2.1) BPG A. Horford (2.2)
D. Jordan (.756)/A. Davis (9.5) FG%/FGM R. Williams (.734)/J. Brown (9.4)
D. Howard (.500)/C. Anthony, L. James (2.8) 3P%/3PM R. Langford (.450)/J. Brown (2.9)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
T. Ariza Los Angeles Lakers 6 Oct 2021 Out (Ankle) Ariza underwent surgery on his right ankle and will be re-evaluated at the end of the month.
L. James Los Angeles Lakers 4 Nov 2021 Out (Abdominal) James is yet to return from an injury that was projected to keep him out for just a week.
K. Nunn Los Angeles Lakers 16 Nov 2021 Out (Knee) There is no timetable for Nunn’s return.
A. Reaves Los Angeles Lakers 11 Nov 2021 Out (Hamstring) Reaves will miss at least two weeks with a strained hamstring.
J. Brown Boston Celtics 8 Nov 2021 Out (Leg) Head coach Ime Udoka stated that Brown will still miss 1-2 weeks.
R. Williams Boston Celtics 17 Nov 2021 Out (Knee) Williams missed Boston’s Wednesday (Nov 17) game against the Hawks.

How can the Lakers beat the Celtics?

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the better scoring teams in the NBA, but the efficiency of their scoring tends to fluctuate.

When they face the Celtics, they need to deal with one of the NBA’s more active defences. Boston hold their opponents to an average of 43.8% from the field and just 33% from three-point range.

Los Angeles want to push the pace, as they don’t want to get stuck in the halfcourt against Boston.

Lakers Key Player: (G-F) Talen Horton-Tucker

The Lakers have been struggling since LeBron James was injured. However in three games after returning from injury, Talen Horton-Tucker has starred.

Horton-Tucker is averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals over 34.4 minutes per game. It’s a small sample size, but he seems to be in top form since returning.

He’s acting as an outlet for the Lakers’ stars while also taking some initiative of his own on the offensive side of the ball. With Los Angeles’ offensive struggles, Horton-Tucker’s scoring will be needed.

How can the Celtics beat the Lakers?

The Celtics have a tall task ahead of them, especially with Robert Williams and Jaylen Brown unable to play.

When Boston face off against the Lakers, they take on one of the league’s best rim-attacking teams. Between Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, the paint and the kick-out are always a danger.

Al Horford and Enes Kanter will be counted on to man the paint when Boston take on Los Angeles. Neither offer what Williams does on the court, but their veteran experience needs to make up the difference against Hollywood’s favorite team.

Celtics Key Player: (G) Marcus Smart

The Boston Celtics have struggled to find their groove through the opening of the season. A big reason for their struggles is the inconsistency of veteran Marcus Smart.

Smart is coming off of a game where he posted 8 points, 11 assists, and 3 rebounds. Of course, Smart does the intangibles well, but his struggles scoring the ball can grind Boston’s offence to a halt.

Simply put, Smart needs to improve on his shooting. He needs to be aggressive getting to the rim as well as efficient from three, if he can’t do so the weight falls on Tatum’s shoulders again.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Information
Teams Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
Location TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Time 7:30 PM EST, November 19th, 2021
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