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The Celtics are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers for the latest chapter in the NBA’s most iconic rivalry

Los Angeles Lakers (14-6) at Boston Celtics (10-7) Saturday, Jan. January 20218: 30 o’clock ETRegular Season Game No. 18, home game no 8TV: ABCRadio: WBZ-FM, ESPNR, KSPNTD GardenReferees: Josh Tiven, Brian Forte and Jason Goldenberg

The most famous rivalry in NBA history has to be the Celtics vs Lakers Including the Minneapolis years, the Celtics and Lakers have met the Celtics 292 times between 161 and 131 since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1961-62 season They have met 201 times with the Celtics winning 107-94 wins for the Lakers They have met 12 times in the finals, with the Celtics winning 9 times The Celtics won the top 8 while the Lakers won 3 of the last 4 won

The Celtics loss to Spurs on Wednesday brought them to 5th place Place in the east, but they’re only two games behind first in Philadelphia.The Lakers are now third in the west, just 1 behind first in Utah. The Celtics are at home 5-2 while the Lakers are 10-2 The Celtics are losing one defeat while the Lakers have lost their last two games

We can expect the Lakers to get angry after recording their 10-game winning streak at Philly on Wednesday and losing a second straight game in Detroit on Thursday, making this their first loss of the entire season is game 6 of a 7-game Eastern road trip for the Lakers, while the Celtics are kicking off a 5-game Western road trip in the Golden State on Tuesday

LeBron James is classified as questionable for this game with a left ankle sprain, however, he has not missed a game throughout the season despite being classified as questionable in several I’m assuming he will play Anthony Davis missed Thursday’s game with a quad bruise and is questionable for that game. If he can’t play, Kyle Kuzma will likely go first

Jared Dudley (calf) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (knee) are listed as out for the Lakers At the Celtics, Payton Pritchard is still out and about with a knee sprain February for his return Romeo Langford is also still on the way as he rehabilitates himself after a wrist operation

Injuries Kostas Antetokounmpo (knee) from Jared Dudley (calf) from Anthony Davis (quad) questionableLeBron James (ankle) questionable

Jaylen Brown vs LeBron James LeBron is definitely a key game He averages 256 points, 78 rebounds and 73 assists per game He shoots 50% from the field and 41% from outside the bow LeBron is the center of their offense and can hardly be stopped We’ll likely see Semi Ojeleye and Marcus Smart try to slow him down as well as possible double teams

Jayson Tatum vs. Anthony Davis Davis averages 219 points, 88 rebounds and 35 assists. He shoots 52% off the field and 33% of three. Like LeBron, he’s next to impossible to stop and the Celtics can only hope to get him brake He’s also a good defender who can make it difficult for Tatum on offense. If Davis is out with the quad injury, Kyle Kuzma should start in his place

Honorable Mention Kemba Walker against Dennis Schroder Schroder has caused the Celtics problems with both the Hawks and the Thunder in the past. For the Lakers, he averages 137 points, 37 rebounds and 42 assists. He shoots 42% off Field and 30% from outside the arc He is able to have a big game if he is not well defended

Keys to game defense – I can’t say enough that defense wins games. The Celtics are 13 in the league with a defensive rating of 1122 The Lakers 1 with a defensive score of 1050 After being in the top 4 of the defensive team last season, they haven’t defended consistently well this season. As Brad Stevens put it after their loss to Spurs: “Their defense couldn’t stop a nosebleed. The Celtics have to make defense a priority again The Lakers will bring in their defense and the Celtics will have to adjust their defensive intensity if they want to win

Rebound – Rebounding takes effort and energy and the Celtics will need both to overtake the Lakers The Lakers are runner-up in the league with 15, 0 second chance points per game and they average 142 quick breakpoints. The Celtics need to crash the boards and keep the Lakers from getting second chance points and quick breaks.The Celtics averaged 444 rebounds per game while the Lakers averaged 465 rebounds per game.The Celtics need extra energy and effort to beat the Lakers and get themselves recover

Being Aggressive – The Celtics have to be the more aggressive team You have to be aggressive as they go into the basket, dive for loose balls and defend yourself You have to aggressively crash the boards You have to be the team that wants it more In their losses, they have allowed their opponents to play harder and be more aggressive. You absolutely cannot let the Lakers be more aggressive than them if they want a chance of winning

Play hard for 48 minutes – The Celtics temporarily gave up their efforts during the games. Against the Spurs they played hard at times and were focused and were able to dominate Then at other times they seemed to lose focus and let the Spurs play them off They have to come out ready to play from the opening peak, especially on the track. And then they have to play hard until the last buzzer. They need consistent effort, especially against a team as good as the Lakers

X-Factors Fatigue – The Lakers play in 6th Play a 7-game Eastern Road Trip You are also playing in your 3rd 4 Nights Game You have to get a little tired and for all their talent, fatigue can catch up with you. The Celtics have to take advantage of this and try to get them out of the gym

Proud – “Beat LA” is one of the most iconic chants in the sport. This is a rivalry steeped in history, and no matter the circumstances, the Celtics always want to beat the Lakers. The Celtics need to focus on the game and the right game. It’s a question of pride and the Celtics have to get the job done and “Beat LA” on the flip side, the Lakers have lost twice in a row, one against the third worst team in the league. They’ll want to fix the ship and win again, and so will make extra efforts to do so against one of their greatest rivals

Officiating – Officiating Can Always Be an X-Factor Each crew names the game differently and the Celtics must adapt to the way the game is called and not allow bad calls or calls to theirs Losing Focus When in doubt that officiating is an X-Factor, just think back to the last final between these two teams in Game 7, the Celtics were in 4th place Quarter increased by 6 The referees had called the game evenly until then The referees took over and it cost the Celtics this game Quarter 21 free throws while the Celtics made 6 Quarterly more free throws made than in the first three quarters combined Hopefully the referees will call it fair in this game and let both teams play

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Source: https://www.celticsblog.com/2021/1/30/22257281/los-angeles-lakers-at-boston-celtics-game-18-1-30-21