Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Player Props & Picks Tonight (12/25/23)

The Boston Celtics (22-6) meet the Los Angeles Lakers (16-14) this Christmas Day (12/25/23). Get Celtics vs. Lakers player prop best bets below, including a search tool to optimize odds shopping.

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Which players will dominate in the Celtics vs. Lakers game?

Taurean Prince Over 2.5 3PM (+126 FD)

The Celtics are allowing the third most open plus wide open three-point attempts per 100 possessions, as well as the most above the break attempts. Meanwhile, opponents produce the lowest expected points per possession on finishes at the rim against them (via ShotQuality). 

LeBron James and the Lakers will subsequently find success kicking it out to three-point shooters, and Taurean Prince represents their top option. He paces Los Angeles in catch-and-shoot three-point attempts per game, and Prince owns a 39.2 3PT% this season. 

Based on his odds, Prince needs to make three threes roughly 45 percent of the time for the bet to be profitable in the long run. He has cleared this line in 9 of his last 13 games, so getting +124 is incredible value, especially given Boston’s three-point defensive woes. 

Derrick White Over 2.5 3PM (-125 FD)

Boston is not the only defense struggling to defend the arc. Los Angeles is surrendering the sixth most open plus wide open three-point attempts per 100 possessions, along with the eighth largest catch-and-shoot three-point frequency. 

Derrick White may not make the All-Star game, but he has morphed himself into an all-around star. This notion rings true especially from deep, as White possesses a 42.2 3PT% on 6.6 attempts per game. His volume is trending up too; he’s averaging 8.4 three-point attempts per game during December while shooting a 45.2 3PT%. 

White has made three threes in 7 of his past 10 games, and he should dominate against a Lakers defense that bleeds open looks from deep. Based on the odds, he must hit the over about 55 percent of the time. 

Derrick White 2+ Blocks (+190 DK)

White is the top rim protecting guard in the entire league, and he has a case for best non-big rim protector too (although Jaden McDaniels may like a word). White ranks 26th across the NBA in block percentage, and he has notched at least two blocks in 6 of his past 8 games. Los Angeles takes the 9th most field goal attempts within eight feet of the basket and ranks 26th in three-point attempt rate, so their shot profile behooves White here too. 

Given the odds, he needs to record two blocks roughly 34 percent of the time. 

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