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LAKERS: Los Angeles is off to a good start on their road trip, as they were able to beat both New Orleans and Memphis SU and ATS. Tonight is a critical game for Los Angeles, as they have revenge on their minds from their blowout to the Celtics at home earlier this season. The Lakers are 36-16 SU and 23-28-1 ATS overall this year. Los Angeles is currently in 3rd place in the Western Conference, 7.5 games behind San Antonio. The Lakers are 17-8 SU and 13-11-1 ATS on the road this season. Los Angeles lost their only game both SU and ATS as the listed underdog this season. The Lakers are averaging 103.1 PPG overall this season, 7th best in the NBA. G Kobe Bryant is averaging a team best 25.4 PPG this year. F Pau Gasol has been far more aggressive offensively of late, a welcome sign from Bryant and the rest of his team. Gasol is averaging 18.7 PPG and a team high 10.5 RPG this season. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. Los Angeles is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win. The Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
Lakers are 1-10 ATS last 11 Thursday games.
Under is 5-1 last 6 games against a team with a winning SU record.
CELTICS: (-3.5, O/U 187.5) Boston has been merely average of late, as they appear to be looking ahead to the upcoming All-Star Break. Despite their average play of late, the Celtics still have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Boston is 38-13 SU and 24-25-2 ATS overall this season. The Celtics are an impressive 23-4 SU and 11-14-2 ATS in home games this year. Boston is 15-21-2 ATS as the listed single digit favorite this year. The Celtics have already beaten the Lakers once this year, so they will be looking for the regular season sweep tonight. F Paul Pierce is leading the Celtics in scoring yet again this year, averaging 19 PPG. G Ray Allen is averaging 17.5 PPG this season, and is 2 made three pointers from becoming the most prolific 3 point shooter in NBA history. Defensively, Boston is allowing just 91.5 PPG, the fewest in the entire NBA. The Celtics are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 2 days rest. Boston is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. The Celtics are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games following a SU loss. Boston is 25-10-2 ATS in their last 37 games following an ATS loss. The Celtics are 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games against the NBA Pacific. Boston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning percentage greater than .600%.
Celtics are 5-1 ATS last 6 Thursday games.
Over is 9-2 last 11 home games.
MAVERICKS: Dallas is the hottest team in the NBA right now, as they've won their past 9 games SU. The Mavericks are so much better when F Dirk Nowitzki is healthy and doing his best MVP impersonation. Dallas is 36-15 SU and 27-22-2 ATS overall this season. The Mavericks have used their 9 game winning streak to climb to the 2nd best record in the Western Conference. Dallas is 16-7 SU and 15-8 ATS on the road this season. Dallas appears to be getting healthier on their bench, as F Peja Stojakovic and Rodrigue Beaubois get closer to playing time. Defensively, Dallas is allowing just 94.6 PPG this season, 7th fewest in the NBA. Nowitzki is averaging a team best 23.1 PPG this season, while shooting better than 52% from the field. C Tyson Chandler is averaging 10.3 PPG and a team best 9.6 RPG this year. The Mavericks are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600%. Dallas is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the NBA Northwest. The Mavericks are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games against a team with a winning SU record. Dallas is 13-37-1 ATS in their last 51 Thursday games.
Mavericks are 5-1 ATS last 6 games overall.
Over is 4-1 last 5 Thursday games.
Nuggets are 16-5 ATS last 21 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Under is 6-1 last 7 games against the Western Conference.