- The Los Angeles Lakers have -145 odds to beat the Boston Celtics.
- LeBron James’ total points are set at 24.5 with -115 odds on both sides.
- Jayson Tatum of Boston sees his total points set at 27.5 with the Under favored at -116.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers are 2.5-point home favorites to beat the Boston Celtics Tuesday night.
The Lakers and Celtics see their combined point totals set at 220 and the Lakers are 7-3 with hitting the Over while the Celtics are 5-5.
Sportsbooks are expecting a big game from LeBron James of LA and Jayson Tatum of Boston as they see the highest total points set at online sportsbooks.
Boston Celtics Vs. Los Angeles Lakers
- Celtics Moneyline: +125
- Lakers Moneyline: -145
- Spread: Lakers -2.5
- Totals: O/U 219
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 7, 2021
Lakers Rarely Cover
The Lakers have been inconsistent recently against the spread, going 3-7 in their last 10. While many of these stem from LA losing while being the favorite, there are games like the 106-100 victory against the New York Knicks where LA failed to cover -4.5.
The Celtics are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 outings but have covered in three of their last four. The Lakers have covered just once in their last four games.
Los Angeles averages 111.7 PPG and are fourth in the league in scoring. LA allows opponents 113.4 PPG.
The Celtics average 108.9 PPG and allow 106.5 PPG. If both teams score their average, the Lakers will be able to cover the 2.5-point spread.
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Sportsbooks set the Celtics’ total points to 109 and the Lakers to 111.5. Both teams see -115 odds on both sides of the totals.
The Celtics are coming off of scoring 117 against the Portland Trail Blazers and 130 against the Utah Jazz. The Trail Blazers’ defensive rating is 113.5 and the Jazz have a 107.1 defensive rating this season. The Lakers’ defensive rating is 108.8.
LeBron James’ total points are set at 24.5 with -115 odds on both sides of the wager at NBA sportsbooks.
James averages 25.6 PPG and has seen his point totals increase to 26.3 PPG in the last 10. LeBron averages 26.1 PPG at home this season but only put up 23 points against the Celtics when they faced earlier in the season.
James is also coming off of a 23-point outing against the Los Angeles Clippers where he failed to cover the 25.5 points set at sportsbooks. The Clippers’ defensive rating is 104.8 and he will be facing the Celtics’ 107.2 defensive rating Tuesday night.
Jayson Tatum of the Celtics sees his total points set at 27.5 with the Under favored at -116 and the Over seeing -111 odds. Tatum averages 25.2 PPG.
Tatum’s scoring output has increased in the last 10 games with him averaging 27.5 PPG in that stretch. Tatum also scored 37 points against LA in their earlier meeting.
The Under is likely favored due to Tatum averaging just 25.2 PPG on the road this season. The Celtic forward is coming off of a 31-point night against the Trail Blazers and scored 37 the night before against Utah. Both these games were on the road.
Things tip-off starting at 10 p.m. EST on TNT.
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