The Boston Celtics will receive their eternal rivals, Los Angeles Lakers, tonight at TD Garden.
The Boston Celtics are currently going through their second two-game losing streak this season, after suffering a close defeat at home against the Phoenix Suns. Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker missed their last game and are questionable for tonight, two players that if they were to miss tonight’s matchup, would be a huge blow for the Celtics’ aspirations. On the other hand, Marcus Smart is coming off a career performance with 11 3-point shots made. The guard, who’s one of the best in the league defensively, keeps getting better and better on offense, and is actually a key piece in Brad Stevens’ squad. Although their backcourt is very good offensively and defensively, the issues they have faced recently is due the lack of size in their frontcourt. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter will have a hard time stopping the Lakers size, as it could get even worse if Anthony Davis plays tonight.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers are coming a very good road win in Houston, as LeBron James led the way with 31 points and 12 assists. Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo are questionable for tonight’s game, both key players for Frank Vogel. Davis will probably not feature, as he hasn’t practiced with his team yet, but Rondo has a high chance of making his return in the city he won a championship. Another player who’s been raising his level lately is Kyle Kuzma. The forward has to be a force offensively if the Lakers are looking to go all the way through come playoff time, and it looks like he has been slowly coming back to rhythm. They comfortably lead the Western Conference with a 4.5 game lead, ahead of the Clippers.
The Lakers are going through a good moment recently, but they’ll have a tough game ahead against the Celtics. Even though they’re the favourites, I believe this won’t be a high scoring affair between the two.
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