The Lakers won the first meeting of the year,Air Max 90, beating Boston 90-89 on Kobe’s last-second bucket. Straight up wins have been relatively easy to come by for the two long time rivals. The Lakers are 42-13 but just 25-28-2 vs. the number overall and 14-15-1 at home. The Celtics enter the Staples showdown with a 33-18 record but are a dreadful 19-13-1 ATS including 13-14 on the road.
Boston is 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 series meetings while the underdog is riding a 5-2-1 streak. When it comes to betting,Air Max Skyline, if unpredictability were a category,Air Max Hyperfly, the Lakers would be 42-13. However it’s a roll of the dice if you play them. The rule of them has been if you’re backing the Lakers, do so in the first half. This is a team has been a notoriously flaky second half team.Due to the injury to Bryant there was no line set overnight. In the first meeting the Lakers were favored by one and a push was the verdict. The total was 194 and the two teams stayed well 'under' that.