The NBA’s greatest rivalry has another iteration on Thursday night, as the Los Angeles Lakers travel to Boston for a showdown with the Celtics. However, Anthony Davis and LeBron James have been unexpectedly sidelined due to their respective injuries. Who will step up for the Lake Show in their absence, if anyone? Find out in our Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics player prop picks below!
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Our favorite Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics player prop picks include D’Angelo Russell scoring 23 or more points at -115 odds and Jrue Holiday knocking down three or more three-pointers at +114 odds.
D’Angelo Russell Over 22.5 Points (-115)
January was likely the best stretch of basketball for D’Angelo Russell in his NBA career. In his past ten games, Russell has averaged 25.2 points and 6.1 assists on a blistering 50/48/91 shooting split; his confidence in this stretch has been unparalleled, and we expect this to continue in this spot, even against a tough Boston Celtics team.
It is challenging to say whether or not Russell will play himself out of being traded before the deadline or if the Lakers will use his recent play to bolster his trade value; however, Russell’s play is unlikely to come to a screeching halt, especially with LeBron James and Anthony Davis sidelined due to various injuries.
Russell has hit the Over on this line in seven of his past ten games, and Boston has surprisingly allowed the tenth-most points per game to opposing point guards. Further, the Cs allow the third-most wide-open (6+ feet) to opposing teams, allowing Russell also to log some points off the ball.
Without Davis and James, Russell becomes the de facto primary option in this Lakers offense. He has to go absolutely nuclear if they want to stay even remotely close in this game.
Luckily, Russell’s volume (18.1 FGAs per game in his past ten) has been quite high, and that should only increase further in this spot. If Russell gets to 20 or more field goal attempts, it seems highly unlikely for him not to log 23 or more points, especially with how well he has been shooting the ball.
Jrue Holiday Over 2.5 Threes (+114)
As a member of the Boston Celtics, Jrue Holiday’s level of efficiency has skyrocketed, giving him truly elite two-way power. This season, Holiday has averaged just shy of 14 points per game for the offensively stacked Boston Celtics on an exceptional 47/43/83 shooting split.
Recently, Holiday has shot the ball even better from deep, hitting 55.3% of his three-point attempts (5.9 3PAs per game) in his past eight games; he has gone Over this line in six of those eight games, too. Not too bad for plus-money.
Holiday’s volume has been sporadic at times, but we love this matchup for him. The Lakers allow the most wide-open (6+ feet) three-pointers to opponents per game, and their opponents hit them at a 42% clip. Additionally, the Lakers give up the third-most three-pointers to opposing point guards and the sixth-most to opposing shooting guards, paving the way for a big Jrue Holiday night.
Lastly, Los Angeles’ perimeter defense has been atrocious on the road this season; they have allowed opponents to knock down 40% of their three-point attempts when away from Crypto.com Arena. This is a great spot for Jrue to knock down three three-pointers en route to a huge home win against the Celtics’ main rival.