The highly anticipated clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics at TD Garden will witness the absence of key players. Both teams come into the game with contrasting records, as the Celtics hold a remarkable 22-2 home record while the Lakers look to end a two-game losing streak.
Reigning NBA champions, the Lakers, will be without the services of LeBron James, who is dealing with soreness in his left ankle, and Anthony Davis, suffering from bilateral Achilles tendinopathy and left hip spasms. Russell Westbrook will also miss the game due to an ankle injury. A previous meeting on Christmas Day saw the Celtics emerge victorious in a thrilling encounter.
According to the SportsLine consensus, the Celtics have been listed as 15-point favorites for this clash. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, and Vegas predicts a total of 239 points to be scored in the game.
To help make an informed prediction, it is advisable to rely on SportsLine’s Projection Model. This top-rated model, which has generated over $10,000 in profit for $100 players in the last five-plus seasons, has been on fire this season with a 48-30 record on all top-rated NBA picks, delivering returns of over $1,700. The model’s predictions for this Lakers vs. Celtics matchup can be found through the provided link.
The Lakers possess strong defensive prowess, with the second-best record in the NBA for preventing free throws and a high defensive rebound rate. Their offensive game is equally impressive, shooting at a remarkable 49.2% from the field and 56.0% from 2-point range. In their previous encounter against the Celtics, the Lakers displayed their shooting prowess by converting 48% of their field goal attempts and 41% from beyond the arc.
With both teams missing key players, this matchup promises to provide opportunities for younger talent to step up and make an impact. It will undoubtedly be a closely watched contest between two historic rivals in the NBA. Fans and analysts alike eagerly await the outcome of this crucial showdown.
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