20* Lakers/Celtics TNT Total ANNIHILATOR on UNDER 196.5
LA Lakers vs. Boston,
02/07/2013 20:00 EDT,
Score: 95 - 116
Total: -110/+196½ Under
The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will take part in a defensive battle. This is one of the most storied rivalries in sports, and the defensive intensity is always at its highest level when these teams get together. One look at the recent meetings between these teams and it's easy to see that the books have set the bar too high tonight.
Eight of the last nine meetings in this series have seen 191 or less combined points. In fact, the Lakers and Celtics have combined to average 178.3 points/game in those nine games. That's roughly 18 points less than tonight's posted total.
Pau Gasol being out certainly hurts the Lakers' offense more than it hurts their defense. Also, defensive stopper Metta World Peace returns from suspension tonight to help shut down Paul Pierce. I will be on this UNDER no matter whether or not Dwight Howard (shoulder, questionable) plays.
The UNDER is 11-4 in Lakers last 15 games overall. The UNDER is 49-20-2 in Lakers last 71 vs. Eastern Conference opponents. The UNDER is 34-15-2 in Lakers last 51 Thursday games. The UNDER is 34-15-3 in Celtics last 52 Thursday games.
The UNDER is 7-0 in Celtics last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The UNDER is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The UNDER is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Boston. These three trends combine for a perfect 17-0 system backing the UNDER. Bet the UNDER in this game Thursday.