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Celtics @ Lakers: Old-time rivals set to square off at Staples Center

Celtics @ Lakers NBA odds spreads and predictions

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers will square off at the Staples Center.

The Celtics will look to make it three wins in a row on Saturday night.

Jayson Tatum finished with a team-high 24 points, three rebounds and two assists for Boston in a 111-109 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Al Horford added 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Marcus Morris contributed 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Terry Rozier chipped in 16 points and six rebounds for the Celtics.

Gordon Hayward, who finished with 12 points and five assists off the bench, hit the game winner with two seconds left to give Boston the win.

Game information

When is it? Saturday March 9th

What time is tip off? 8:30 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Staples Center

Which channel is it on? ABC

The lowdown

The Los Angeles Lakers are already looking forward to next season. The Lakers, losers of four games in a row, have been a major disappointment in 2018-19.

LeBron James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers in a 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

JaVale McGee added 16 points and six rebounds, Rajon Rondo had four points, seven rebounds and 11 assists, and Josh Hart contributed seven points, five rebounds and two assists for the Lakers.

Will Barton led the Nuggets with 23 points, four rebounds and five assists in the victory.

Celtics @ Lakers Spread

The Boston Celtics are giving the Lakers 3.5 points in this basketball game.

I like the Celtics on the road in this one. I believe the Lakers have already checked out this season, and I feel like Boston needs to start playing some of its best basketball in preparation for the playoffs.

Feel confident rolling with Boston here.

Celtics @ Lakers Over/Under

The over/under in this matchup is set at 228 total points.

My final score prediction: Boston Celtics 110, Los Angeles Lakers 105.

Take the under in this contest.

Where the game will be won or lost

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, but there's no doubt that this rivalry will have a hard time living up to their rich history on Saturday night.

If this meeting between the longtime rivals comes close to their most recent meeting in Boston, then NBA fans should be satisfied.

Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo hit the game-winning shot in a 129-128 victory for Los Angeles back on Feb. 7 on the same floor where he led the Celtics to the 2008 title over the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

The Lakers are slipping further out of playoff contention with each passing game. Los Angeles is losers of six of its past seven games, including four games in a row.

Reports came out that LeBron James' minutes are expected to be reduced over the final month of the season. James may even sit out in back-to-back games, but he should play against the Celtics since the Lakers last played on Wednesday against the Nuggets.

Brandon Ingram (sore right shoulder), Kyle Kuzma (sprained right ankle) and Lance Stephenson (sprained left toe) are all listed as questionable. Tyson Chandler has missed the past two games, and Lonzo Ball hasn't played since January when he sprained his left ankle, tore a ligament and came away with a bone bruise.

Boston guard Kyrie Irving missed the Wednesday game with a thigh contusion, but he is expected to return to the court on Saturday against the Lakers. Irving has missed 12 games this season, and the Celtics are actually 10-2 in those matchups.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NBA