Will Jayson Tatum Play Tonight? Boston Celtics vs Memphis Grizzlies: Predictions, Lineups & Injury Report

Published 12/30/2020, 3:58 PM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) attempts a basket in between Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics have had a mixed start this season. After 2 successive defeats, the Celtics won their second match against the Indiana Pacers. The dynamic duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum has worked wonders for the Celtics. They do need some more help from their bench, though.


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The Memphis Grizzlies on the other hand have been unfortunate. They were already riddled with injury. The only bright star with them was their sophomore Ja Morant wh0 suffered from an ankle injury against the Nets. Can the Grizzlies cope up with this?

The Grizzlies face the Celtics tonight 7:30 PM ET. Take a look at the probable lineups and the predictions ahead of the game.


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Boston Celtics injury updates and predicted lineup

The Boston Celtics are playing with a depleted side from the start of the season. Their third star, Kemba Walker, has been out with a knee injury. He is nowhere near to full fitness and is set to miss 2-4 weeks of action.

Apart from that, the Celtics are seeing their backup center Tristan Thompson sit out due to a right hamstring strain. Javonte Green is also out due to health and protocol reasons. Their talisman Jayson Tatum is also doubtful for the clash against the Grizzlies.

So far, the Celtics have overly depended on their two stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. As they are facing a depleted Grizzlies lineup, it might be a good opportunity to limit their superstars’ playing time.

Predicted Lineup

Jeff Teague (G)

Jaylen Brown (G)

Marcus Smart (F)

Grant Williams (F)

Daniel Theis (C)

Memphis Grizzlies injury updates and predicted lineup

The Grizzlies suffered from a crushing setback when their sophomore star Ja Morant suffered from an ankle injury in their last game against the Brooklyn Nets. Morant is set to miss at least 3-5 weeks due to this ankle injury.

As of now, the Grizzlies are dealing with several injury issues prior to their game against the Celtics. Jontay Porter, Killian Tillie, Xavier Tillman, Justice Winslow and De’Anthony Melton are all listed out of lineup against the Celtics.

It will be a huge challenge for the Grizzlies to be competitive now, given the host of injured players they have.

Predicted Lineup

Tyus Jones (G)

Grayson Allen (G)

Dillon Brooks (F)

Kyle Anderson (F)


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Jonas Valanciunas (C)


The injury to Ja Morant was the last thing the Grizzlies needed right now. This injury makes them one of the most depleted rosters in the NBA, and thus the Celtics are clear favorites here.


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This will be a great opportunity for Brad Stevens to rest his stars and give his younger players to perform. If Brown or Tatum don’t play, only then will the Grizzlies have a chance.


Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.