The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics meet in an old school rivalry matchup at TD Garden in Boston. It might not be Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, but there is still something special about the Lakers and Celtics on the floor together. We will hopefully see a healthy Lakers and Celtics in this Saturday night clash.
Lebron James and Anthony Davis are both listed as questionable going into tonight. Note that Lebron has been listed on the injury report as questionable throughout the season. It’s like Tom Brady when he was with the Patriots. Bill Belichick had Brady listed as questionable every week for ten years. Expect Lebron to suit up and play against the Celtics.
Davis is a bigger question mark for this contest, though. He missed the 107-92 loss against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Davis was listed as out with a quad injury following a 107-106 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers the night before. The Lakers were playing on a back-to-back, and I believe head coach Frank Vogel was being cautious with Davis.
In a much bigger game against the Celtics in primetime on ABC, the Lakers will likely have Davis even if he isn’t feeling 100%. The Lakers have been in a funk lately, with a close call against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 115-108 win on Monday. They followed up with a heartbreaking loss against the 76ers, as Tobias Harris connected from deep to prevent a furious comeback attempt from the Lakers.
The next night, the Lakers didn’t look interested in playing against the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Even after a tough loss, the Lakers did not appear too thrilled about trying to bounce back. That might have taken the wind out of them instead of motivated. Expect the Lakers to come back with a much better attitude against the Celtics tonight.
The Celtics are coming off a 110-106 loss on the road against the Spurs on Wednesday. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 49 points, though it wasn’t enough to upend the Spurs in San Antonio. They’re going into Saturday night with a record of 10-7. Head below for our free Lakers vs. Celtics pick on January 30, 2021.
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The Lakers lost their first game on the road against the 76ers. They were a perfect 10-0 on the road before Tobias Harris splashed home a three ball from deep. And then just like that, the Lakers lost another road game to fall to 10-2 in only two days. They would benefit from having Anthony Davis back in the mix on Saturday night at TD Garden.
He helps out nicely on both ends of the floor. The Lakers should expect to get a full effort out of the Celtics tonight. They are coming off a loss as well, 110-106 on the road against the Spurs in Texas. For as much as the Lakers look like an offensive juggernaut on paper, they haven’t looked like it in 2020-21. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing because they’ve etched out a defensive philosophy that is becoming dominant.
The Lakers have been solid offensively, just not tearing through teams without any resistance. They are 13th in the NBA with 112.8 points scored per game. In their previous five outings, the Lakers have been out of sync, having scored just 105.4 points a game. Fortunately, the defense has shouldered the load, allowing 103.6 points against per game. That’s been the theme for the Lakers this season.
They are holding up nicely on the defensive floor and rank only behind one team in the NBA statistically. The Lakers have conceded 104.8 points per game for second, and are even more impressive on the road with 101.3 points conceded per game. Boston has been able to get a lot out of their defense this season, too. They are far from elite, but holding three straight teams to 110 points or fewer in this era of the NBA is a positive.
The Celtics are 11th in the league with 109.9 points conceded per game. Their offense has been adequate, with an average of 112.6 points per game. As Jayson Tatum continues to shake off the rust, expect the Celtics to get the wheels rolling offensively. However, I don’t see it happening against this Lakers team on Saturday night, though. I’m not in love with either side in this game, but the UNDER should be in play in this one.