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Lakers vs. Celtics Sunday NBA Pick

Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Boston Celtics March 11 for a Sunday afternoon NBA game. The Lakersare just a half game out of first place in the Pacific Division behind the Los Angeles Clippers. Their current record stands at 24-16. The Celtics have played mediocre basketball this season and are 21-18 and in second place in the Atlantic division but seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

The Celtics have a very strong defense and are allowing less than 90 points per game. Their offense however has not played that well this season and is averaging just 91 points per game. The Lakers offense has been stronger but their defense gives up more points each game than does the Boston defense. The Celtics have three players on the injured list. Two are day to day and one, Jermaine O’Neal is out indefinitely with a wrist injury.

Head to head the two are quite even. The Lakers are 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS in the last 10 games between the two teams. The total has been UNDER in 7 of those 10 games. The two met in Boston in early February and the Lakers beat the Celtics 88-87. The line was 176.5 and the 175 paid out to those taking the UNDER.

The Celtics are 4-1 SU over their last five games including a win against Portland Friday night covering the 2.5 point favorite spread. The Lakers are 3-2 SU in their last five games. Friday night they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves by the score of 105-102, easily paying out to the OVER.

The Lakers have a strong team but could be distracted by the approaching trade deadline and wondering what will happen to Pau Gasol. The game should be tightly contested and look for LA to take the game ATS and the total to pay out to those placing money on the UNDER.

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting

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