Kemba Walker is expected to play for the Boston Celtics in Monday night's showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers, and if he does suit up, the veteran guard will be aiming for his first ever win against LeBron James.
Walker is 0-28 against James in his career. Yes, you read that right.
The 29-year-old point guard spent the first eight years of his NBA career with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets. He's never beaten a James-led team, whether that's been the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Lakers. James joined the Lakers before the 2018-19 season.
Walker signed with the Celtics as a free agent last summer, and Boston gives him the best chance he's had to take down James. The Celtics have split their last four games versus the Lakers, and they've won four of the last six meetings in the rivalry. Boston enters Monday in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 27-14 record, including a 16-5 mark at home.
Walker is averaging 22.1 points and 4.9 assists per game this season, and both of these numbers lead the Celtics. He'll likely need to score at least 25 points for the Celtics to beat the Lakers, who oddsmakers have pegged as slight betting favorites Monday night.
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