Boston at Los Angeles
10:30 P.M. ET
Boston: 100.1 points/100 possessions (23rd)
Los Angeles: 104.9 points/100 possessions (8th)
Boston: 99.4 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Los Angeles: 103.4 points allowed/100 possessions (16th)
Probable Lakers Starters:
Steve Nash (PG), Kobe Bryant (SG), Metta World Peace (SF), Earl Clark (PF), and Dwight Howard (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Forum Blue and Gold
Thumbnail: For the second consecutive night, the Celtics face a team that is much stronger at home than it is on the road. However, this time around Boston faces its archrival, the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know of their well-publicized struggles thus far this season, but the Lakers’ old bodies have a lot of rest heading into Wednesday’s contest. In addition, there will be an added pride factor for Los Angeles after Jerry Buss’s recent death.
In order for the Lakers to succeed in 2012-13, they have had to hold opponents to fewer than 100 points. When they have done so, they have an 18-7 record. However, when the Lakers do not, they are 7-22. One of those 22 losses this season was a blowout at the hands of the Celtics a couple weeks ago in Boston. The Lakers’ recent struggles have mainly been because their defense. They have given up at least 100 points in three of their last five games and have lost all three. Of course, they won the other two.
Although the Celtics and Lakers were near the top of their respective conferences just a few years ago, they are both fighting for playoff spots now. They both have aged centerpieces that on their last legs. Paul Pierce showed that he was a 35-year-old on Tuesday at Denver when he shot 2-for-14 from the field. It was only the fourth time in his 1,208-game regular season and postseason career that he made two or fewer field goals while attempting at least 14 in the same game. Wednesday’s game is obviously more important for the Lakers because they are at home and on the outside looking in regarding the Western Conference playoffs. Pierce will look to continue to spoil the Lakers’ chances at playing in the postseason.
Prediction: The Celtics are victorious against the Lakers twice in one calendar month for the first time since January 1975, according to Elias.
Celtics 97, Lakers 93