Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers / NBA – The first this season’s duel between two of the most powerful teams in the history of NBA league will be played in Boston. It is still not certain whether Celtics’ play Irving and Lakers’ play James will face one another, since the host player is having some injury problems and he missed the final match against the Cavs.
Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers begins 08.02.2019 at 02:00 CET
The Celtics have managed to defeat the weak Cavs without Irving and Morris and thus extend their series to five matches without defeat. They have thus retained the third place in the East with 35-19 effect, as much as the team from Indiana has. Boston is playing pretty good in their hall this season and they have won 22 out of 28 matches (13 of the last 14). According to coach Steven, there is a possibility that Irving and Morris will return to this match against the Lakers, while center Baynes is still out of court due to recovery.
Since we are mentioning Irving, his statement about whether he will continue to wear Boston’s jersey and message that it will all be known this summer, has made a lot of dust. Many think he is trying to leave to the Lakers and play with LeBron James, especially after his recent “repentance” about the way he left Cavs. In any case, he should be in Celtic’s jersey by the end of the season and try to go further in the playoffs.
Probable lineups Boston Celtics: Smart (Irving), Brown, Rozier, Tatum, Horford
Los Angeles Lakers
There was a lot of turbulence in the team of Lakers in the last few days. First, James was absent a lot, after which some veterans started to publicly protest about coach Walton and seek his dismissal, after which the Lakers have entered in “fierce” negotiations with the Pelicans about brining center Davis and offering almost the entire team in exchange. As things stand now, this will not happen, because the Pelicans are looking for a few draft picks, which is really too much.
However, after a serious defeat by Indiana 94:136 (which was the hardest defeat for James in his career), the Lakers have made a trade with Detroit and brought winger Bullock instead of rookie Mykhailiuk. However, the question is how much will the Lakers be influenced by the notion that their leaders are ready to get them all involved in a particular “trade”, or how much it will influence their motivation knowing that they may not even be a part of this match against Boston Celtics.
Probable lineups Los Angeles Lakers: Rondo, Ingram, Kuzma, James, Zubac
Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers PICK
It is very difficult to predict the outcome of this match, but if we take into account that Lakers could significantly change the team by the end of the transitional period, this should mean that Boston Celtics are the favourites in this match, especially if Irving and Morris were ready for the match. Lakers need to change something immediately, either their coach or players, but the fans certainly expect something.
Pick: Boston -7 points
Odds: 1.93 at 10bet (down to 1.88 can be played)
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