Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 1/30/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-2)
TD Garden is the site where and the Boston Celtics (10-7) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (14-6) on Saturday. Boston opens this matchup as 2-point dogs. The O/U is set at 225.
The Los Angeles Lakers stepped onto the hardwood against the Detroit Pistons and took a loss by a final of 107-92 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the contest having earned a 40.9% FG percentage (36 of 88) and converted 12 out of their 28 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Lakers made 8 of 12 tries for a rate of 66.7%. In relation to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 44 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 25 dimes for this contest while having 2 steals and 3 rejections. Regarding defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 46.0% from the floor on 40 out of 87 shooting. Detroit doled out 27 dimes and had 4 steals in the game. In addition, the Pistons snagged 38 rebounds (5 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Detroit finished the game at 100.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 13 of 13 tries. They also buried 14 out of their 36 shots from beyond the arc.
LeBron James is one guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He racked up 22 points on 8 of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 35:45 mins and also totaled 7 boards. James finished the contest at 42.1% from the field and totaled 10 dimes. One more player that played a role in this game for the Lakers was Kyle Kuzma. He grabbed 10 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He finished 52.9% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 9-of-17 (22 points). Overall, Kuzma saw the court for 29:56 minutes.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 14-6 on the season. They are averaging 112.8 points per game (13th in the NBA) while connecting on 48.0% from the field. The Lakers are shooting 38.8% from downtown (240 of 618) and 75.0% from the free throw line. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling in 46.5 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 494 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 4th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 14.7 times per game and as a unit they are committing 18.5 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Lakers are able to force 14.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.1 fouls. They are ranked 27th in basketball in giving up assists with 478 surrendered so far this year. The Lakers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.9% (279 of 422) and they surrender 41.5 boards per contest as a unit. They are giving up 34.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 2nd in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (104.8).
For their last game, the Boston Celtics went home defeated by a final of 110-106 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Celtics corralled 26 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for this game. They stuffed 4 attempts while earning 10 steals in the matchup. The Spurs had 16 personal fouls for the contest which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to make 12 of them for a percentage of 85.7%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, Boston knocked down 10 out of their 30 tries (33.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Celtics shot 42 for 98 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9%. The Celtics allowed the Spurs to convert 46 of 82 tries from the floor which had them at 56.1% for this game. They finished 28.6% from 3-point land by going 8 out of 28 and walked away from this one shooting 10 out of 16 from the free throw line (62.5%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Boston permitted San Antonio to grab 46 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Jayson Tatum pitched in for the Celtics in the matchup. He knocked down 11 out of 25 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 44.0%, which gave him 25 points. Tatum collected 7 rebounds in his 34:05 mins of time on the court and totaled 2 assists in this matchup. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Boston was Jaylen Brown. He left the arena with 24 points in 36:06 minutes played by way of 8 out of 19 shooting in the matchup. Brown ended the game having shot 42.1% from the field while also collecting 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
Boston has a record of 10-7 on the season. The Celtics are responsible for committing 21.1 fouls every game and they connect on 75.9% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.7 times per contest (24th in the NBA) and they turn it over 15.1 times per contest. Boston has totaled 1,914 pts on the year (112.6 per contest) and they pull in 44.4 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Celtics are hitting on 47.3% from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. The Celtics are ranked 11th in the league in PPG given up with 109.9. The Boston defense allows 36.2% on shots from distance (196 of 542) and their opponents are making 76.9% of their free throw attempts. They concede 22.6 dimes and 42.2 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 5th and 6th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 15.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.0% from the floor (23rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-2)
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