Anthony Davis Subplot Hangs Over Lakers-Celtics Game Thursday

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 8:20 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 8:20 PM UTC

The most storied rivalry in the NBA is renewed Thursday in the TNT opener as the Lakers visit the Celtics. It’s LeBron James’ first taste of this series as a participant, and there will be plenty of Anthony Davis chatter depending on what happens earlier in the day.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">LA Lakers (27-27, 23-29-2 ATS) at Boston (35-19, 28-26 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Thursday, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Celtics ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569558, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,93,169,238,227], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Thursday is one of the biggest days of the NBA regular season. Sure, there’s a great TNT doubleheader opener as the<a href="" rel="nofollow"> Lakers visit the Celtics, </a>the first time LeBron James will play in the NBA’s most storied rivalry.</p><p>However, two additional nuggets Thursday: The trade deadline is at 3 p.m. ET and the NBA All-Star Game captains’ draft will be shown at 7 p.m. ET on TNT before this game. LeBron is one captain and will pick first, while Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo picks second. We have you covered here at SBR on a draft props preview story.</p><p>We aren’t going to wait until 3 p.m. ET to post this story so will presume the Lakers DON’T trade for Anthony Davis by then. <em><strong>(Update: He wasn't traded). </strong></em>Most reports are the Pelicans want to wait until the summer so they can then get the Celtics involved. Boston can’t trade for Davis until July 1 unless the C’s included Kyrie Irving in any deal (for CBA reasons) by Thursday, and that’s not happening.</p><p>Should the Lakers pull the trigger by the deadline, obviously that would weaken them hugely here as they reportedly are offering the Pelicans a package that includes Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, although Ball is currently out injured. The Celtics could trump that offer this summer, built around Jayson Tatum, and remain determined to acquire Davis even though he reportedly doesn’t plan to sign long term with the team. He would with the Lakers, Bucks, Clippers or Knicks.</p><p>Want one more story line? There’s the whole Irving factor and the fact he might not re-sign with the Celtics because he’s interested in reuniting with LeBron in Los Angeles this summer as a free agent. Oh, Irving is buddies with Davis. That Kyrie might leave likely plays a role in Davis not thrilled with a potential trade to Beantown.</p><p>Got all that?</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Lakers mic’d up for Anthony Davis trade talks with Pelicans 😭 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 2, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Bet Lakers Or Celtics ATS?</h2><p>For what it’s worth, the Lakers and Celtics split last year, each winning at home (and the winning team scoring 107 points in each). L.A. is 6-4 in its past 10 trips to Boston.</p><p>This writer is somewhat surprised Lakers coach Luke Walton still has a job after his team was embarrassed 136-94 at Indiana on Tuesday, the worst-ever loss in LeBron’s career. The previous worst had been by 36 points. LeBron did become the fifth player to reach 32,000 career points and soon will pass Michael Jordan for fourth on the all-time scoring list.</p><p>The Lakers have lost 11 games by 40+ points in franchise history. Seven have come since 2014. The Pacers led wire-to-wire and by double digits since the opening minute of the second quarter. The Lakers simply didn’t show up in their sixth loss in the past eight. L.A. was without Josh Hart in addition to Ball. The Lakers did make one deal Tuesday in acquiring Detroit’s Reggie Bullock. He’s a decent three-point shooter but won't play Thursday.</p><p>Irving sat out Tuesday in Cleveland but that was essentially a rest game as the Celtics didn’t need him to prevail 103-96, their fifth straight victory. Gordon Hayward, who has mostly sucked this year, had one of his best outings with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. It was in Cleveland to open last year that Hayward suffered that gruesome injury. Boston was also without Marcus Morris on Tuesday due to a sore knee. There’s no way that Irving sits out against LeBron and it's already confirmed he will play. Ditto Morris.</p><ul> <li>Lakers are 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. Eastern Conference.</li> <li>Celtics are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.</li></ul><p>Things just don’t seem right with L.A., from trade rumors affecting some players to the potential firing any day now of Walton. Celtics in a romp here, so give the points for a <a href="" rel="nofollow">Thursday NBA bet.</a></p>
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