Celtics vs Lakers NBA Odds, Picks and Predictions April 15

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Updated: April 14, 2021

Celtics point guard Kemba Walker has been a part of their good form as he has become more effective in a smaller role.

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The NBA’s most famous rivalry will renew on Thursday night, with the Boston Celtics wrapping up a three-game road trip at Staples Center against the L.A. Lakers. 

With a win, Boston can go 3-0 on its west swing, after a dominant win against the Nuggets and a one-point victory over the Trail Blazers. Can L.A. end its old Finals foe’s trip on a down note? Find out who we like in our best free NBA betting picks and predictions for Celtics vs. Lakers on April 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Celtics vs Lakers odds

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The line opened at Celtics -6, with the total at 212. Early action favored the Lakers. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Injuries

Celtics: Evan Fournier SG (Out).
Lakers: Marcus Morris PF (Questionable), Marc Gasol C (Questionable), LeBron James SF (Out), Anthony Davis PF (Out), Jared Dudley SF (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. Find more NBA betting trends for Celtics vs. Lakers.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

Despite new addition Evan Fournier only featuring in four games since being acquired by Boston, the Celtics have seemingly finally figured it out. One of the NBA’s most underwhelming teams over the first half, Boston is 7-3 SU and 5-4-1 ATS over its last 10. Best of all for the Celtics — their success comes with real reasons for optimism. Jayson Tatum is recapturing the form he had before last year’s postponement, Kemba Walker has looked increasingly effective in a reduced role and Daniel Theis’s trade to the Bulls has allowed Robert Williams to enter the lineup, where he has thrived.

Despite losing both its All-NBA superstars, Los Angeles has been able to largely tread water in the 13 games it has been without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as they currently sit 6-7 over that stretch. Encouragingly, they just wrapped up a seven-game road trip by going 4-3, with a bizarre domination of the Nets headlining that stretch. However, much of L.A.’s success without James and Davis has been against downright bad teams, with wins over the Cavaliers, Magic and Kings in this stretch. 

Boston is still a cut below the Eastern Conference elite, but it has begun to resemble a standard, solid-to-good NBA team. Like any solid-to-good NBA team, the Celtics should handle the spread in this spot against an injury-devastated Lakers squad. 

PREDICTION: Celtics -6 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

Despite being down its two best players, L.A. has continued to be a reliable Under bet in 2021, with a 5-8 O/U mark without James and Davis and a 20-35 mark on the season. A stretch of six straight Unders was followed by four straight Overs, as the books adjust to a Lakers team in a highly odd position. Despite having gone now two full months without an All-NBA defender in Davis, L.A. remains atop the league in defensive rating. 

Boston’s strong run of play, meanwhile, has seen a string of Unders, with a 2-8 O/U mark over its last 10. Their only Overs during that stretch were in an overtime thriller against the Timberwolves and against the Blazers’ nonexistent defense. Though the Celtics don’t have a strong defense by any metric, they are more than good enough to limit an already limited Lakers offense. 

PREDICTION: Under 212 (-105)

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  • Celtics -6 (-110)
  • Under 212 (-105)

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