Point guard Isaiah Thomas, fresh off a deadline trade from the Phoenix Suns, is expected to make his Celtics' debut against the Lakers. Boston also acquired Jonas Jerebko and Gigi Datome from the Detroit Pistons.
Despite their losing record, the Celtics still have playoff aspirations, just a game and a half behind the eighth-place Brooklyn Nets (22-31).
Thomas is likely to come off the bench for the Celtics. He dominated the Lakers in a similar role for the Suns.
In four appearances against the Lakers, Thomas is averaging 21 points and 5 assists a game while shooting a blistering 65.2% from the field and 66.7% from three-point range.
Clarkson might have his hands full against Marcus Smart, who is a very strong defender as a rookie at the point.
The Celtics are short two of their three leading scorers without Sullinger's 14.4 and Olynyk's 11.1 points a game.
That leaves guard Avery Bradley as the team's top offensive threat at 13.7 points a game, although Thomas joins Boston at 15.2 a night.
The Celtics are not a great team but they aren't just playing for draft position. Expect the Lakers to drop their eighth in a row.