The Los Angeles Lakers are fresh off a win against the Houston Rockets. Now, they have their sights set on their historic rivals, the Boston Celtics. Without a doubt, these are the two biggest franchises in NBA history. The Celtics have the most NBA titles with the Lakers not too far behind. The teams have split the season series the past two years. Who could forget Rajon Rondo hitting a buzzer-beater to beat his former team last year?
The Lakers are still at the top of their respective conference and 9-1 in their last ten games. Boston is hoping to end their three-game losing streak after falling to the Pistons, Bucks, and Suns.
LA is still in the top five in offensive and defensive efficiency. Boston is 6th in the offensive regard and 5th defensively. Still, we have yet to hear about if either team will be at full strength for the primetime matchup. Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo remain questionable with their respective injuries. Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown are questionable as well.
Still, with those respective injuries, the Lakers were victorious against Houston after a dominant performance by LeBron James who had 31 points to go with 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 23 points and 8 boards. Kuzma’s defense was a big part of why the Lakers were able to walk away with victorious in Houston.
Walker and Brown are the Celtic’s first and third-highest scoring players on the roster. Nevertheless, there is Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward, who can hurt the Lakers in a myriad of ways. Marcus Smart went off and hit 11 three’s against the Suns. Simply put, the Celtics are not a team to take things likely.
This is the biggest rivalry in basketball (minus Harden vs the playoffs). Laker fans will be eager to see if their team can keep up their record against teams with winning records. The Celtics will be looking to get their team back on the track to avoid a four-game losing streak.
The Lakers and Celtics tip-off at 4:30 PM in Boston. Follow us on Twitter for more updates.