Thursday's NBA Guide: Celtics-Lakers, the Rematch's Rematch

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L.A. Lakers at Boston, 8PM ET, TNT

After the build up to the Christmas day knife fight, as well as the darn good game that resulted, you don't need us to build this up. Insatiable offense led by Kobe Bryant, unbreakable defense led by Kevin Garnett. Mix in the spare parts that'd be Object A on any other team and you've got (the closest thing to NBA) war.

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Dallas at Utah, 10:30PM ET, TNT

It's been a while since we've had the following:

a) A road gimmie on the back end of a TNT doubleheader.

b) A nationally televised game in which the home Jazz look like pending roadkill.

c) A game against a legit contender in which Dallas seems like an easy favorite.

This says more about the Jazz than the Mavericks, but don't sleep on a small renaissance in Big D. Road wins in Miami and Orlando to go with a victory over the explosive Blazers -- nothing to sneeze, cough or blow raspberries at. The tangibility of the mini-streak remains to be assessed, but given Utah's on(and on and on)going health issues, a statement stand in Salt Lake seems more likely than not.

Dirk Nowitzki might punch Matt Harpring in the mouth. Who doesn't want to see this?

Indiana at Philadelphia, 7PM ET

The Pacers really are the best 19-30 team I have ever seen. Indiana should be tussling with the Sixers in the standings ... but even the eighth seed seems so far away.

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