Los Angeles Lakers (34-8, first in the Western Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (27-14, fourth in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Boston heads into the matchup with Los Angeles after losing three games in a row.
The Celtics have gone 16-5 in home games. Boston is 26-8 in games when scoring more than 100 points.
The Lakers are 18-3 on the road. Los Angeles is 9-5 when opponents grab more rebounds and averages 45.8 rebounds per game.
The Celtics and Lakers square off Monday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jayson Tatum is averaging 21.3 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward has averaged 15.9 points and collected 5.6 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent over the last 10 games for Boston.
LeBron James is second on the Lakers with 7.6 rebounds and averages 25.5 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has averaged 1.8 made 3-pointers and scored 11.7 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 4-6, averaging 112.4 points, 45.2 rebounds, 22.5 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112 points on 47.8 percent shooting.
Lakers: 9-1, averaging 119.5 points, 47.4 rebounds, 26.3 assists, 8.7 steals and 7.3 blocks per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting.
INJURIES: Celtics: Robert Williams III: out (hip), Kemba Walker: day to day (knee), Jaylen Brown: day to day (thumb).
Lakers: DeMarcus Cousins: out (knee), Rajon Rondo: day to day (finger), Anthony Davis: day to day (gluteus maximus).