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Lakers @ Celtics: James leads Lakers into Boston

Lakers @ Celtics NBA odds, spreads and predictions

The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics tonight.

The Lakers will look to get back on track against the Celtics after a two-game skid.

LeBron James led Los Angeles with 18 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in a 136-94 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

JaVale McGee contributed 16 points and four rebounds, and Lance Stephenson had 13 points off the bench.

Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram also chipped in 12 points each for the Lakers in the loss.

Game information

When is it? Thursday February 7th

What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? TD Garden

Which channel is it on? TNT

The lowdown

The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, are currently on a five-game winning streak heading into this game against the Lakers.

Jayson Tatum finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks for the Celtics in a 103-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Gordon Hayward contributed 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Celtics off the bench, Marcus Smart added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Jaylen Brown chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics in the win.

Lakers @ Celtics Spread

The Boston Celtics are giving the Lakers 8.5 points in this basketball game.

I believe the Celtics will continue to roll at home in this one. Right now, the Lakers are simply distraught and something definitely needs to happen soon in regards to a trade.

It's going to be interesting to see how everything plays out after the trade deadline, however, I think in this matchup the Celtics will cover the 5.5-point spread and come away with the big victory.

Take the Celtics here.

Lakers @ Celtics Over/Under

The over/under in this matchup is set at 227.5 total points.

My final score prediction: Boston Celtics 118, Los Angeles Lakers 111.

Roll with the over in this basketball matchup.

Where the game will be won or lost

Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are two teams interested in trading for Anthony Davis.

Either team will need to act quickly because the trade deadline is today when these two teams square off in Boston.

This matchup is scheduled to begin five hours after the NBA trade deadline, so it will be interesting to see how everything plays out prior to the basketball game.

James has an interesting history with the Celtics. He's met with them 90 times during his 17 NBA seasons, and that includes 41 playoff head-to-head matchups, with James coming out with victories in 25 of those games.

Nine of James' last 14 visits to the TD Garden in Boston have been playoff games. He came away with six of nine wins, which included a Game 7 victory in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

This visit to Boston will be his first as a member of the Lakers, who have dropped out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.

This Lakers and Celtics basketball game means a matchup between former Cleveland teammates James and Kyrie Irving, who together led the Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title.

The Celtics (35-19) visited Cleveland on Tuesday night and came away with a 103-96 victory. The win marked Boston's fifth straight and 10th in 11 matchups.

Boston won its last two games against the Lakers at TD Garden, including a 107-96 victory last season.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NBA