This is the storied rivalry between the winningest franchises in NBA history. It opens a new chapter this season as Boston hosts the LA Lakers. It will take place on Saturday, January 30th, at the TD Garden at 8:30 PM ET. The defending champion Lakers look to arrest their two-game losing skid. The team hopes to catch up with cross-town foes, the Clippers, in first place in the Pacific Division standings. On the other hand, the Celtics look to bounce back from their previous loss against the San Antonio Spurs. Boston hopes to keep in step with the leaders of the Atlantic Division (Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets).
One team will bounce back from their losses. The other will be buried further in the latest edition of this rivalry. The game will be live on ABC and NBA League Pass will air the match via livestream. NBA betting lines slightly favor the Celtics due to their complete roster that is capable of shooting the lights out at any given night and the questionable status of Lakers power forward Anthony Davis going into this game.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
|Date:||Saturday, January 30, 2021|
|Time:||8:30 PM ET|
|Location:||TD Garden, Boston, Massachusets|
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics CashBet Wagering Analysis
The new chapter of this fabled rivalry opens with both squads trying to bounce back from their previous setbacks. They are doing this in order to catch up with their foes at the top of the team standings. Boston parades a healthy lineup with the trio of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown while the Lakers are looking at the possibility of missing Davis for a game or two due to a bruised quad.
The power forward is questionable for the game. It is still unsure whether James will play against Boston due to an ankle injury. His status is probable. When the top players of the rival team are part of the injury report, bettors might sway on the favored team with healthy pieces. However, a word of caution, an injured team can also be motivated to win the match to prove that they deserve the callup. This scenario is expected to happen for the Lakers who might venture into the depths of its bench and find a sudden solution to the possible absence of Davis.
King James to the Rescue?
With one of the Lakers’ big two slated to sit out for an indefinite period, LeBron James should take the cudgels and will his team to victory in this rivalry. However, James is probable and there is also a possibility that Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel would ask the “King” to likewise sit out. If this happens, expect a start for Montrezl Harrell and Alex Caruso to gain more playing time as they will possibly play the roles of Davis and James for the Lakers. We could also expect James to play in Boston to help the Lakers snap out of their losing skid.
The Celtics are expected to field in a healthy bunch with all of their superstars raring to play in this rivalry showdown. Expect Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to carry the offensive load for the Brad Stevens-mentored five but we could also spot a Kemba Walker sighting in this important regular-season matchup. Walker seems to be settled as the Celtics’ number three option behind Tatum and Brown but he has the capability to torch the hoops and convert his shots in reckless abandon. If the Celtics’ 2020-21 rendition of the “Big Three’ shows up and carries the team to victory, then it will be good night Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Head-to-Head with Spread
The Lakers seek to halt their two-game losing streak against the Celtics that are also trying to avoid their second straight setback. The battle could be won on the perimeter with both teams having capable snipers that can light up the scoreboard and put the game away. However, the new chapter of the Boston-LA Lakers rivalry is expected to be close due to the motivation of its players to put up excellent games for the fans. Expect a slam-bang affair when the two teams meet even if there are injuries within the Lakers’ side.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics CashBet Free Pick
The healthy and young Celtics are expected to use their skills to run over the veteran crew of the Lakers who have yet to confirm if Davis will play or sit out the game. Boston might opt to run to put further punishment on the weary Los Angeles side who have lost two straight already. If the Lakers would play defense all night against the young and athletic Celtics, they might stand a chance but the home squad has the overwhelming advantage in firepower if Davis and/or James do not play. NBA online betting enthusiasts pick the Celtics to win over the Lakers, 115-99.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics CashBet Best Bet: Boston Celtics
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