Boston Celtics at New Orleans Pelicans
Boston Celtics Preview
The injury-riddled Boston Celtics look to post their fourth consecutive victory when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Power forward Jayson Tatum (groin) and shooting guard Jaylen Brown (ankle) are listed as questionable after missing Friday’s 109-98 road victory over the Orlando Magic. It would be Brown’s third straight absence if he sits out against New Orleans.
Backup center Enes Kanter (hip) will miss his second straight game while point guard Marcus Smart (hand) is probable after getting hurt against Orlando. New Orleans won’t be too disappointed if Tatum sits out as the 21-year-old scored a career-high 41 points during a 140-105 home rout of the Pelicans on Jan. 11. Star guard Kemba Walker scored 37 points versus Orlando for his ninth 30-point effort of the campaign.
New Orleans Pelicans Preview
Rookie phenom Zion Williamson has excelled in his first two NBA games and now looks to be part of his initial victory when the Pelicans host the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Williamson missed the first three months of the season due to knee surgery but is averaging 18.5 points and shooting 75 percent from the field (15 of 20) since being cleared to play last week. He remains on a minutes restriction — he’s averaging 19.5 — that will likely expand by a few minutes versus Boston.
Small forward Brandon Ingram, who emerged as the team’s best player with Williamson out, is just 9-of-33 shooting over the past two games. He scored 13 points in Friday’s 113-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets.