Fixture: Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date and Time: Monday, 20th January, 7:30 PM ET (Tuesday, 12:30 AM GMT))
Venue: TD Garden Boston
Since falling on his back in the game against New York Knicks, Anthony Davis is yet to feature in a game for the Lakers. While it is known to be a minor injury, Davis has now missed five games in a row. Although Davis was not known to have fully participated in the practice session when the Lakers visited Houston on Saturday, there remains a slight probability that Davis might play the game against Celtics. On the Lakers injury report, Davis is listed as questionable along with Rajon Rondo.
The situation in the opposition camp also seems the same with two of the Boston stars, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown listed as questionable.
Lakers injury report: Rajon Rondo (Finger)- Questionable, Anthony Davis (Back)- Questionable, DeMarcus Cousins (Knee)- Out
Celtics injury report: Jaylen Brown (Thumb)- Questionable, Kemba Walker (Knee)- Questionable, Robert Williams III (Hip)- Out
Both Rajon Rondo (non-displaced volar plate avulsion fracture of the right ring finger) and Anthony Davis (gluteus maximus contusion) are listed as questionable for the Celtics on Monday. Davis did not work out on Sunday morning.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 19, 2020
Although the Lakers were without Anthony Davis in the last five-game, they have managed comfortable victories in all of the games. They have put up performances like one of the top contenders for the title, losing just eight games so far. Their 0.812 record is second to none in the Western Conference and is only behind Milwaukee Bucks in the league.
The Celtics 27-14 record places them fourth in the Eastern Conference. When they host the Lakers on Tuesday, they will be looking to get some momentum after just two wins in the last six games. However, it seems an uphill task to bring down a formidable Lakers side.
Expected starting line-up
Los Angeles Lakers: Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James, JaVale McGee
Boston Celtics: Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis
In the absence of Anthony Davis, LeBron James is continuing his good work in the season and the likes of Kyle Kuzma have also stepped up. The Celtics, on the other hand, look a little weakened after missing a couple of starters. The Celtics have won only two of their last eight games, while the Lakers have won 10 out of their last 11. Going by the recent form, a Lakers win looks a likely result.