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NBA Lines - Bryant vs. Boston

Posted by Elio Masi on 3/10/2012 11:46:05 PM

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NBA Lines – Bryant vs. Boston

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics will be going at it for the second and final time this NBA lines season on Sunday afternoon. With the first game being settled in overtime by a single point, it’s looking like not much can separate these two teams this season, which leaves for an interesting second leg.

(24-16) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (21-18) Boston Celtics
Live from: STAPLES Center – CA
Tipoff: 3:30 PM ET, March 11, 2012
Broadcast: ABC, ESPNR, CHCH TV

Laker Nation

The Los Angeles Lakers have been a different team on home court this year and have one of the best home records in the league to show for it. They have gone 17-2 at the STAPLES Center and, at times, have looked like one of the best teams in the NBA when at home. Kobe Bryant has also been better at home, where he’s averaged 29.6 points per game, close to a full point above his regular NBA lines season’s average.

Currently tied for the third place in the Western Conference, the Lakers will be able to move into sole possession the position with a win on Sunday if their positional rivals (Memphis Grizzlies) lose. That would place some importance on Sunday’s game, giving them the ability to distance themselves a little from those chasing them.

Road Horrors

The Celtics currently posses the second-worst record on the road out of all the teams currently in a playoff spot. Their 5-10 record is behind only the Lakers’ 6-14 road record, a statistic that no one would like to be leading in.

The Celtics have proved that they win games due to their defense. They have the third-best defense in the NBA, allowing only 89.8 points per game. They are not know for lighting it up offensively, but play very tightly in their own end, a characteristic that will definitely help them against the league’s top scorer. Los Angeles is the best in the league when it comes to scoring off rebounds (45.8 per NBA lines match), a number that the Boston defense will be focused on reducing. If they could cut off their ability to score after their initial shots, the Celts will be improve their control on the game.

Last Time Around...

In their previous NBA lines matchup, the Lakers outlasted the Celtics in a defensive battle that ended 88-87 for the purple and gold. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points and 5 rebounds while Ray Allen led the Celtics with 22 points and 6 rebounds. The game was tied late in the 4th with a Pau Gasol rebound (who collected 25 points in the game). Gasol also sealed the victory in overtime, rejecting Ray Allen’s rebound attempt as the clock expired.

Elio’s Edge

What do you get when you mix a 5-10 road record with a 17-2 home record? An obvious answer: Los Angeles 87-85. Look for Kobe to have a big night, as he does so often when these two teams meet.


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