|Bill Simmons, founder of Grantland.com, will be calling this game. He's a hardcore Celtics fan.|
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Lebron James has said that there are "no rivalries in the NBA, but the 2 biggest rivals in the NBA are set to go to war tonight. The last time these two teams played, the Lakers prevailed 107-104 to spoil Rajon Rondo's return. Now the Celtics will look for some vengenance as they will take on the Lakers on Friday Night at Staples Center. Both teams will come into this one looking for a win. Boston is 19-36 overall, while Los Angeles is 18-36. It's good to note that both of these franchises were at the very top just a few years ago. Both teams have combined to win 33 NBA championships(Boston 17, Los Angeles 16). Los Angeles has lost 4 in a row, while Boston has lost 3 of it's last 5. Projected starting line-ups: Boston PG- Rondo SG- Wallace SF- Green PF- Bass C- Sullinger Los Angeles PG- Marshall SG- Meeks SF- Johnson PF- Kelly C- Kaman Jared Sullinger is questionable for the game as he limped off the floor last game against the Suns. He is averaging 8.2 RPG and 13.2 PPG.
The notable injuries for LA include Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, and Nick "Swaggy P" Young. With the Lakers starting 5 consisting of rookies and second-year pros, experience will not be on their side. Expect Boston to take advantage. Line: LAL -1.0 Over/Under: 207.5 PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: BOS- 102 LAL- 93