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The Lakers are coming off of a loss where they struggled to contain one of the league’s premier talents. While the Celtics are also dangerous, the need to bounce back and the lack of opposition in the paint should put the game in Los Angeles’ favor.
Los Angeles Lakers def. Boston Celtics (+105)
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|Los Angeles Lakers
|Frank Vogel||Head Coach||Ime Udoka|
|8-8 (8th in West)||Standing||7-8 (9th in East)|
|104.9 (24th of 30)||Off Rtg||106.2 (21st of 30)|
|107.7 (15th of 30)||Def Rtg||106.0 (11th of 30)|
|102.2 (2nd of 30)||Pace||96.4 (27th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. James (24.8)||PPG||J. Brown (25.6)|
|A. Davis (10.8)||RPG||R. Williams (9.2)|
|R. Westbrook (8.8)||APG||D. Schroder, M. Smart (5.1)|
|L. James (2.3)||SPG||M. Smart (2.5)|
|A. Davis (2.1)||BPG||A. Horford (2.2)|
|D. Jordan (.756)/A. Davis (9.5)||FG%/FGM||R. Williams (.734)/J. Brown (9.4)|
|D. Howard (.500)/C. Anthony, L. James (2.8)||3P%/3PM||R. Langford (.450)/J. Brown (2.9)|
|T. Ariza||Los Angeles Lakers||6 Oct 2021||Out (Ankle)||Ariza underwent surgery on his right ankle and will be re-evaluated at the end of the month.|
|L. James||Los Angeles Lakers||4 Nov 2021||Out (Abdominal)||James is yet to return from an injury that was projected to keep him out for just a week.|
|K. Nunn||Los Angeles Lakers||16 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||There is no timetable for Nunn’s return.|
|A. Reaves||Los Angeles Lakers||11 Nov 2021||Out (Hamstring)||Reaves will miss at least two weeks with a strained hamstring.|
|J. Brown||Boston Celtics||8 Nov 2021||Out (Leg)||Head coach Ime Udoka stated that Brown will still miss 1-2 weeks.|
|R. Williams||Boston Celtics||17 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||Williams missed Boston’s Wednesday (Nov 17) game against the Hawks.|
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the better scoring teams in the NBA, but the efficiency of their scoring tends to fluctuate.
When they face the Celtics, they need to deal with one of the NBA’s more active defences. Boston hold their opponents to an average of 43.8% from the field and just 33% from three-point range.
Los Angeles want to push the pace, as they don’t want to get stuck in the halfcourt against Boston.
Talen Horton-Tucker’s last 2 games
25 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST, 3 3PT
28 PTS, 6 REB, 4 3PT, 2 ASTpic.twitter.com/zTvvojZIdG
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 18, 2021
The Lakers have been struggling since LeBron James was injured. However in three games after returning from injury, Talen Horton-Tucker has starred.
Horton-Tucker is averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals over 34.4 minutes per game. It’s a small sample size, but he seems to be in top form since returning.
He’s acting as an outlet for the Lakers’ stars while also taking some initiative of his own on the offensive side of the ball. With Los Angeles’ offensive struggles, Horton-Tucker’s scoring will be needed.
The Celtics have a tall task ahead of them, especially with Robert Williams and Jaylen Brown unable to play.
When Boston face off against the Lakers, they take on one of the league’s best rim-attacking teams. Between Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, the paint and the kick-out are always a danger.
Al Horford and Enes Kanter will be counted on to man the paint when Boston take on Los Angeles. Neither offer what Williams does on the court, but their veteran experience needs to make up the difference against Hollywood’s favorite team.
Marcus Smart with the Statue of Liberty … assist? pic.twitter.com/QsnAuKW0Yh
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 13, 2021
The Boston Celtics have struggled to find their groove through the opening of the season. A big reason for their struggles is the inconsistency of veteran Marcus Smart.
Smart is coming off of a game where he posted 8 points, 11 assists, and 3 rebounds. Of course, Smart does the intangibles well, but his struggles scoring the ball can grind Boston’s offence to a halt.
Simply put, Smart needs to improve on his shooting. He needs to be aggressive getting to the rim as well as efficient from three, if he can’t do so the weight falls on Tatum’s shoulders again.
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|Los Angeles Lakers vs Boston Celtics Information|
|Teams||Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics|
|Location||TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, November 19th, 2021|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
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