Tonight it’s the big west coast versus east NBA rivalry as Kobe Bryant and his LA Lakers will travel to play Paul Pierce and his Boston Celtics from pro basketball action on Thursday night and we deliver the best bet winner from this contest. The Lakers and Celtics will begin from Boston at 8PM Eastern Time and TNT will deliver the national television broadcast. With our NBA best bet of the day we will play on the LA Lakers +3 ½ points against the Boston Celtics. The odds for our pick today are pulled from Top Bet sportsbook.
The betting odds for this NBA game opened up with the Boston Celtics favored by -3 points with total in the game lined at 178 points. The bettors have come in early with their money on the side of the favorite in this game as Boston was bet up to a -3 ½ point favorite. The total has steamed well down in the betting to 175 points. A money line wager on the favored Boston Celtics returns -150 odds and bettors who like the LA Lakers to pull out the victory can receive +140 odds for their bet on the money line for the underdog.
The current total in this game is very telling as we expect a very close grind out game by two of the best defensive teams from pro basketball. The Lakers and Celtics are tied for the number one defensive shooting defense in all of the NBA as they both allow 41.8% shooting to their opponents. Now those numbers seem impressive but Boston has been playing many of the awful teams from the Eastern conference while the Lakers have played much tougher competition. The Lakers enter this game very focused and well rested for Boston as they last played way back on Monday night in their 95-90 road loss at Philadelphia. They have the same amount of rest prior to their 96-91 home win against the LA Clippers late last month. In a half court game the Lakers big two down low in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol could inflict damage on a Celtics team that is very old and lack the quality depth behind Kevin Garnett they have had in the past. Last February the Lakers went into Boston and came away with the 92-86 road win as a +2 point underdog. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined for 36 points and 19 rebounds on 14 of 23 shooting.
Boston has had recent success after a troubled start to the season. The club has beat up on the weak and travel weary clubs in recent weeks as they faced teams in difficult spots and took good advantage of them. But when you look at Boston’s performance against quality opposition the team has often fell short on the scoreboard. With a low total lined in this game possessions become more and more valuable and with the Lakers advantage on the rebounding end it will lead to more possessions for LA. Take more than one possession here with the Lakers at +3 ½ points and just before you place your wager be sure to grab your sportsbook promo codes.