Los Angeles Lakers (14-6, third in the Western Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (10-7, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jaylen Brown leads Boston into a matchup against Los Angeles. He currently ranks seventh in the league averaging 27.1 points per game.
The Celtics have gone 5-2 in home games. Boston is 5-2 against opponents under .500.
The Lakers are 10-2 in road games. Los Angeles is second in the Western Conference with 14.2 fast break points per game led by LeBron James averaging 4.
The matchup Saturday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Brown is averaging 27.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Celtics. Marcus Smart is averaging 13 points, 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals over the last 10 games for Boston.
James leads the Lakers averaging 25.5 points while adding 7.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Dennis Schroder is averaging 3.5 assists and 12.2 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 6-4, averaging 113.3 points, 46.1 rebounds, 21.6 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.3 points on 46.2% shooting.
Lakers: 7-3, averaging 111.7 points, 44.9 rebounds, 24.5 assists, 7.5 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.9 points on 45.2% shooting.
INJURIES: Celtics: Payton Pritchard: out (knee), Romeo Langford: out (right wrist).
Lakers: Anthony Davis: out (right quad), Kostas Antetokounmpo: out (knee), Jared Dudley: out (calf).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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