One of the NBA’s oldest and most intense rivalries resumes as the Boston Celtics try to keep their west coast winning streak going against the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers renew what is perhaps the greatest rivalry in NBA history on Saturday night, when they play the 290th regular season game between the two legendary franchises, per Land of Basketball stats, dating back to the Lakers’ early days in Minneapolis, where they played from 1948 until the start of the 1960/1961 season. But this latest meeting is a story of two teams headed in opposite directions. The Celtics have reversed a post-All Star break slump to win three of their last four — including a 33-point road blowout of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors — while the LeBron James-led Lakers have dropped four straight to sink to 11th place in the West and effectively out of playoff contention. But James and company will try to turn things around in the game that will live stream from Staples Center.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA east-west rivalry showdown, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. The matchup gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 8:30 p.m. Eastern at the 21,000-seat Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, on Saturday, March 9. In the United Kingdom, that tipoff time will be 1:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Sunday morning, March 10.
The Lakers have been beset by injuries, with Brandon Ingram sidelined for the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, according to 24/7 Sports. Kyle Kuzma and Lance Stephenson are listed as questionable, Lonzo Ball may miss the rest of the season and James himself, though expected to play, will likely be placed on a minutes-restriction by Coach Luke Walton.
The Celtics, on the other hand, appear healthy. Kyrie Irving is expected to play after missing the Celtics’ 111-109 buzzer-beating win on Wednesday over the Sacramento Kings, per The Boston Herald, and no other notable injured players on their roster.
In the East, the Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a very impressive win over the Indiana Pacers and continue to look like the top team in the conference. They’ll look to continue their positive momentum against the Charlotte Hornets. On the other hand, the Hornets only find themselves one game out of the final playoff spot in the East, so they could be looking to play a spoiler role.