Lakers v. Celtics is undeniably the fiercest rivalry in the NBA. The two conference leaders will face off once again tonight in Boston. The Celtics(41-9) will attempt to exact revenge for a Christmas day lost to the Lakers(39-9), while LA will make an effort to show the Celtics they can consistently beat them.
Los Angeles leads the NBA in scoring averaging 108ppg, while Boston is second in scoring defense holding opponents to 91ppg., something has to give. Garnett has missed the team’s last two games due to illness, but if he’s able to play the Celtics will have the advantage on the frontline; Bynum will miss at least two months. The Lakers has a slight edge in bench play, plus Jordan Farmar is healthy again.
Both teams are currently in the midst of win streaks, Boston’s streak is at 12 and the Lakers at 4. This is the second and final regular season meeting of the two teams and this game could possibly decide homecourt if these teams were to meet in the finals again.
Kudos to David Stern for scheduling a great week of games. The Lakers, Cavaliers and Celtics all were scheduled to play at MSG this week. Tonight the Celtics and Lakers matchup, to top it off the Lakers will play in Cleveland on Sunday. What a great week to be a basketball fan!
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