Records: Lakers 22-5 (1st in the West) Celtics 27-2 (1st in the East)
Offensive ratings: Lakers 112.4 (3rd in league) Celtics 110.4 (5th in league)
Defensive ratings: Lakers 102.5 (4th in league) Celtics 98.6 (1st in league)
Projected Starting Lineups: Lakers: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum
Celtics Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins
No big breakdown, this game has had nearly as much hype as Santa today.
Just sit back and enjoy this one. Remember that over at TrueHoop Kevin Arnovitz is live blogging all five games today, because he loves basketball or is a masochist (or some combination of those two).
I leave you with a few thoughts from Gatinho on the Lakers on Christmas day:
In ‘88, ‘02, and ‘03 the Lakers lost on Christmas and won the Championship
This will 35 times that the Lakers have played on Christmas dating back to 1949.
This will be the fourth time playing the Celtics.
(’51 L, ‘55 W, ‘70 W)
The Celtics will be playing in their 25th Christmas game, only one of those games has been played in Boston.
Among Laker opponents on Christmas are the Fort Wayne Pistons, Indianapolis Olympians, and the San Diego Rockets.