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Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers Preview & Picks – Boston To Leave LA With Christmas Day NBA Win

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21 Dec 2023
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Leigh Copson 21 Dec 2023
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  • Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers picks for Monday, December 25
  • Matchup gets underway at 17:00 ET at Crypto.com Arena
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    Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers Preview & Picks
  • Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers Preview & Picks
  • Head To Head
  • Boston Celtics Form
  • Los Angeles Lakers Form

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers Preview & Picks

Boston are backed to win on the road in Los Angeles.

The Celtics have been outstanding so far this season, while Los Angeles have cooled off since their NBA Cup success.

  • Boston Celtics were 7-2 in their first 9 games in December
  • Boston Celtics won both meetings with Los Angeles last season
  • Los Angeles Lakers have lost their only home game since the NBA Cup

Head To Head

  • Boston Celtics lead the all-time series 208-164
  • Boston Celtics won 125-121 in overtime when the two teams last met on January 28

Boston Celtics Form

Boston have made an outstanding start to the season as they look to put their 2023 NBA Finals heartbreak behind them.

The Celtics opened up with a five-game win streak that was eventually ended by a narrow defeat in Philadelphia.

Their response was strong though, as they put together a season-best six-game win streak to establish themselves as the team to beat in the East.

Boston have not managed to match either of those win streaks since then, but they have continued to stack up victories.

The Celtics ended November with a three-game winning run, and they have already enjoyed a five-game win streak this month.

Los Angeles Lakers Form

Los Angeles have blown hot and cold during the first few months of the season, but they did make history earlier this month.

The Lakers became the first ever winners of the NBA Cup when they blew out New Orleans, 113-89, in the final on December 7.

That victory capped off a flawless run for them in the In-Season Tournament that saw them win all six games.

However, Los Angeles have been nowhere near as consistent in straight up regular season action.

The Lakers have enjoyed a few three-game win streaks, but they have not been able to put together the sort of run that would have put them among the front-runners in the Western Conference.

Verdict

Los Angeles have cooled off since their NBA Cup and that could spell trouble for them here.

Boston have been on a tremendous run since the season started, and until they start to slow down we are going to stick with them.

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