NBA Betting — For Lakers and Celtics Game, Legends Are Conspicuously Absent

When the Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Boston Celtics on Friday night, neither Larry Bird nor Magic Johnson will be coming through the door, to paraphrase something Rick Pitino once infamously said. And in keeping with that theme, Kobe Bryant, who belongs on the “Mount Rushmore” of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry along with those two aforementioned names, won’t be walking at all. He won’t be walking off the team either, although he probably feels like it right now.

The Lakers, who are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference with the Sacramento Kings at 18-36, will take on the Celtics, who are 19-36 in NBA betting action that begins at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center.

In the basketball lines that are posted on this game by BetAnySports, the Lakers are slight favorites:

Basketball Lines Courtesy Of BetAnySports

Los Angeles Lakers -1.5
Boston Celtics +1.5
Over 207.5 points -110

Under 207.5 points -110

The big news surrounding the Lakers the last couple of days isn’t what they’re going to do the rest of the season, but rather who they are going to do it with, or without, as it were. Bryant, who is sitting out with a knee injury, was rather livid about the Lakers trading away his buddy, backup point guard Steve Blake, in exchange for two players who, in the words of general manager Mitch Kupchak, are “developing” in Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. Bryant hailed Blake’s competitive nature, and by the tone that came over his Twitter feed, it almost sounded like he had no desire to rush back into action. He was scheduled to get re-examined, but that has not happened yet.

Kupchak said he is not going to push Bryant to go back onto the court, although he says he’d like to see that happen before the end of the season as a way of showing potential free agents that the all-time great can still play alongside them.

BetAnySports customers were looking at this game from the NBA betting angle see that the Lakers are bringing back some bodies. Jodie Meeks, Jordan Farmar and Pau Gasol should be back in the lineup for this one, and Steve Nash is about a 50-50 proposition. That’s a lot further along than they were before the All-Star break. Even so, the Lakers have lost eight straight games at home, including a 134-108 humiliation at the hands of the Houston Rockets two nights ago. This team has not lost that many consecutive games on its own home floor since it moved west from Minneapolis.
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What Kupchak is going to do with this roster in the off-season is anyone’s guess, but he would certainly like to see what happens when everybody gets back, and that includes Xavier Henry and Nick Young, who are still out. As for the Celtics, general manager Danny Ainge is holding onto Rajon Rondo for now, and is stockpiling draft choices. Apparently he was unsuccessful in pedaling power forward Brandon Bass before the trade deadline, but it is apparent that Boston will try to free up some cap space and go after a big name or two. What we have in the here and now is a team that is coming off a road loss to the Phoenix Suns, but has still one four of its last seven games, covering those games against the basketball pointspread as well. The Celtics have also shown a bias toward low-scoring contests, playing eight of its last 11 games under the total as it is posted in the NBA betting lines.

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