The Boston Celtics (7-8) play host to the Los Angeles Lakers (8-8) on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:30 PM ET.

The Celtics open as 2 point favorites. So far this season Boston are 8-7 against the spread (ATS) and 2-3 ATS at home. The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 and lost 110-99 to Atlanta in their previous game.

Visiting underdogs the Lakers are 6-10 ATS and 2-2 ATS on the road. Los Angeles have lost two straight and are 1-3 on the road.

Celtics vs Lakers Odds

Celtics Spread-2
Lakers Spread+2
Over/Under214.5
Time7:30 pm ET
TVESPN
Odds via DraftKings. Get the latest NBA odds here.
  • The Celtics are 5-5 in their last ten and 2-3 at home
  • Boston are 2-3 ATS at home
  • Totals have gone under in nine of Boston’s 15 games and three of their five home games
  • The Lakers are 5-5 in their last ten games and 1-3 on the road
  • Los Angeles are 6-10 ATS and 2-2 ATS on the road
  • Totals have gone over in nine of the Lakers’ 16 games

Celtics vs Lakers Head to Head

Home team in bold.

April 15, 2021: Boston Celtics 121 def Los Angeles Lakers 113

January 30, 2021: Los Angeles Lakers 96 def Boston Celtics 95

Team Statistics

Boston Celtics - WikipediaStatistics
106.7Points Per Game109.3
43.9%Field Goal %45.9%
32.3%3PT %33.5%
45.8Rebounds46.3
22.6Assists23.9
14.6Turnovers17.1
8.1Steals8.9
6Blocks6
18.7Fouls 19.9

Celtics vs Lakers Injury Report

Boston Celtics

PlayerPositionInjuryStatus
Jaylen BrownSGHamstringGame time decision
Robert Williams IIICKneeGame time decision

Los Angeles Lakers

PlayerPositionInjuryStatus
Anthony DavisPFThighGame time decision
LeBron JamesSFAbdomenGame time decision
Kendrick NunnSGKneeOut until November 28
Austin ReavesSGHamstringOut until November 26
Trevor ArizaSFAnkleOut until December 15

Key Players to Watch

Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum: 24.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.5 apg

Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis: 23.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.1 blk

Celtics vs Lakers Prediction

These two rivals have underperformed this season due to injuries. The hometown Celtics have missed leading scorer Jaylen Brown for the last six games and the Lakers are 3-5 with LeBron James sitting on the sidelines.

LeBron James is a 50-50 chance to face the Celtics. LeBron was seen doing on-court drills on Wednesday in Milwaukee and was quoted saying “I hope” when asked if he’ll play in Boston. In his absence the Lakers have taken ownership of league’s third worst point differential of -11.4.

The potential return of Jaylen Brown would give the Celtics a big lift. He combines with Jayson Tatum to give the Celtics +11.1 points per 100 possessions when they’re both on the court.

This game will be decided by who plays and who sits. I’d back the Celtics if Jaylen Brown suits up regardless of whether LeBron plays. If Brown sits this one out, the Lakers have a good chance of covering especially if King James comes to play.

Pick: Boston Celtics -2 (If Jaylen Brown plays)

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