Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics - February 1, 2024

Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics - February 1, 2024

Game Analysis

The Boston Celtics are poised to continue their dominance this season as they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in a highly anticipated matchup. Coming into this game, the Celtics boast the league's best record and are favorites to win, having shown remarkable performance both offensively and defensively. They rank fifth in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense, making them a formidable opponent for any team

The Lakers, on the other hand, have had a tumultuous season, with recent losses to the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks highlighting their struggles. Despite this, the Lakers won the inaugural In-Season Tournament, igniting hopes of championship contention. However, they'll need to drastically improve their defensive play, having allowed opponents to breach 120 points in their last five games, and find support beyond LeBron James and Anthony Davis to stand a chance against Boston's elite defense.

Key Players and Matchups:

  • Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been the pillars for the Celtics, with Tatum leading the way with an average of 26.9 points and 8.4 rebounds. Brown's contribution of 25 points against the Pacers underscores his critical role in the team's success.
  • Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for the Lakers due to hip spasms. His presence or absence could significantly impact the Lakers' interior defense and scoring ability.
  • The Celtics have a strong backcourt with Derrick White and Jrue Holiday, which could pose challenges for the Lakers' guards, Austin Reaves and D'Angelo Russell, especially on the defensive end.


  • Lakers: Davis (hip spasms) and James (left ankle peroneal tendinopathy) are questionable. Cam Reddish (right ankle sprain) and Gabe Vincent are out.
  • Celtics: Kristap Porzingis is questionable with an ankle injury.


Considering the current form and the depth of both teams, the Celtics are predicted to continue their winning streak against the Lakers. Boston's defense and their proficiency from beyond the arc will likely be too much for the Lakers to handle, especially given the Lakers' defensive woes.

Author: Dan Anderson