Losers of seven consecutive games, the
Despite their losing record, the Celtics still have playoff aspirations, just a game and a half behind the eighth-place
The Lakers will play without
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.
The Lakers will start
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
Expect the Celtics to rely more heavily on players like center
The Lakers are still looking for consistency. To win, they'll need strong offensive performances from Nick Young,
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.