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Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics: Match Predictions, Injury Update & How to Watch | 7th December 2021

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NBA Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics

Date: 7th December 

Time: 10:00 P.M. ET

The Boston Celtics take on the Los Angeles Lakers in their second matchup of the 2021-22 NBA season. The last time these teams faced each other, the Celtics were on top as they blew out the Lakers 130-108 in the TD Garden. 

Los Angeles Lakers season so far

The Los Angeles Lakers will face the Celtics after a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakeshow started the season as favourites, but thanks to injuries, they are the sixth seed in the western conference. The Lakers, in their last ten games, have won just four of them, averaging 113.7 points, 46.0 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 8.1 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. They have struggled defensively as they have allowed 115.6 points per game. 

 

In the absence of LeBron James, the duo of Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook have stepped up. Davis is averaging 24.4 points, 10 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocks for the Lakers. Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.0 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

Boston Celtics season so far

The Boston Celtics enter Los Angeles after a huge 145-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder had 31 points each to blow out the Trail Blazers. After an injury start to the season, Boston has picked up significantly as the sixth seed in the East. In their last ten games, the Celtics have won 6-4, averaging 111.2 points, 47.1 rebounds, 22.9 assists, 6.3 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field, where they have conceded 107.0 points which is the ninth-best defence in the league.

 

Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder have been key players for the Celtics. Tatum is averaging 25.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Celtics. While Schroder had scored 19.0 points over the last 10 games for Boston.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Match prediction

Both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are currently at a similar juncture. But the Boston Celtics are favourites for this game. The Lakeshow have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league, which often exposes them in front of an organized team. The Celts have scored 137.5 points on their western conference road trip without star shooting guard Jaylen Brown, which gives them a slight edge over the Lakers. 

Injury report

Los Angeles Lakers

Carmelo Anthony – Illness – Game Time Decision

Kendrick Nunn – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Jan 2

Anthony Davis – Thumb – Game Time Decision

Trevor Ariza – Ankle – Expected to be out until at least Jan 7

LeBron James – Abdomen – Game Time Decision

Boston Celtics

Jaylen Brown – Hamstring – Game Time Decision

How to watch Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics?

TNT will broadcast the game live nationally. Local coverage of the matchup between the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers is available via Spectrum SportsNet.

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