NBA Sunday Tipsheet: Lakers edge it over the Celtics

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The Lakers just have the edge over the Celtics in what looks set to be a superb match up of two of the NBA's best teams, says Dave Gray...

"James and Davis contribute 51.8 points per game between them and when they want to turn it on are close to unstoppable.

Heavyweight match up

Boston Celtics @ Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday, 20:30 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Two of the very best teams in the league meet at Staples Centre where the Lakers host the Celtics.

Boston have won nine of the past 10 as they continue to chase the Raptors and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. They have a good offence but it is defensively where they are elite. Currently ranked third in scoring defence and make it tough on any team they face.

They will need to be strong going up against LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They contribute 51.8 points per game between them and when they want to turn it on are close to unstoppable. The Lakers are also in strong form, wining six of the past seven.

This is a really tight match up, but they Celtics will be without top scorer Kemba Walker. They are still an excellent team, but it could be the difference between these two powerhouses. Back the Lakers to get the win.

Injuries won't stop the Raptors

Indiana Pacers @ Toronto Raptors
Sundday, 23:00 GMT
Live on Betfair Video

The Raptors 15 game winning streak came to an end just ahead of the All Star break, but they bounced back with a big win over the Suns this week. They are one of the form teams in the league and are strong favourites to get another win here. They have had injury issues all season, and they continue as Marc Gasol and Norman Powell miss this one, but they have coped amazingly well all season without a number of key players.

The Pacers are a strong team, but have had some struggles of late. They have back to back wins but that comes after a six game losing streak - including two losses to the Raptors. Victor Oladipo is back but he is still getting back to full health.

Both teams are strong defensively, but the Raptors just have more at the other end. Back them to make get another win as they look to hold off Boston.

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