Celtics vs Lakers Prediction - NBA Picks 12/25/23

Los Angeles Lakers (17-14) vs Boston Celtics (22-6)

Game Info: Monday, December 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers +3 -- Over/Under: 234.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics look to stay hot after winning 7 of their last 8 games. The Los Angeles Lakers need a win after losing 5 of their last 8 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction.

Boston Celtics Betting Preview

The Boston Celtics rebounded from a loss to the Warriors with wins over the Kings and Clippers. The Boston Celtics are averaging 119.9 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 109.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 26.9 points and 8.5 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 22.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick White is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers rebounded from losses to the Bulls and Timberwolves with a win over the Thunder. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 114.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.7 points and 7.7 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 24.4 points and 12.4 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Austin Reaves is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Lakers rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw attempts per game this season (18.8).
  • The Lakers rank 2nd in the league for opponent free throws made per game this season (14.7).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (3.9).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (73.5%).

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers prediction

The Boston Celtics have been the better team this season, and they've won 4 of the last 5 meetings against the Lakers. They should be favored. However, the last two meetings were decided in overtime. Also, the Lakers are coming off a nice blowout road win over the Thunder when it looked like things were unraveling. Maybe LeBron teams still have another gear they can find when they absolutely need to? LeBron averages 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for his career on Christmas, and he's 10-7 SU. All six of the Celtics losses have come on the road. I'll grab the free bucket with the Lakers at home and exploit solid odds.

Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers +3

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