Will Jayson Tatum Play Tonight? Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans – Team News, Lineups, Prediction

Published 02/21/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Feb 5, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with forward Semi Ojeleye (37) and guard Jeff Teague (55) in the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center.The Celtics defeated the Clippers 119-115. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics take on the New Orleans Pelicans in an inter-conference clash. For the Celtics, they have encountered a bit of a rough patch. They have lost six of their last 10 games. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have lost some of their early season forms, despite averaging solid numbers so far. Currently, the Celtics have a 15-14 record and sit fourth in the Eastern Conference.

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The Pelicans, on the other hand, have been poor in the last few games. They have lost five of their last six games and are not able to secure the playoff spot that many expected them to. Brandon Ingram has been a solid performer for the Pelicans so far, but has not been able to help lift the Pelicans out of their slump. Coach Stan Van Gundy will be concerned over their poor form.

With that in mind, here is what you can expect when the Celtics take on the Pelicans.

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Boston Celtics – Team News

Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) congratulates guard Jaylen Brown (7) after a dunk during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics will be without Romeo Langford tonight. Furthermore, the Celtics are still without Marcus Smart, who suffered an injury at the beginning of the month. However, the Celtics will still have the rest of their players. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will be available, as will Daniel Theis, Kemba Walker, and Tristan Thompson.

Predicted Lineup: Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, Tristan Thompson

New Orleans Pelicans – Team News

Feb 12, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Pelicans do have injury concerns of their own. They could be without star center Steven Adams, who is listed as questionable for the game against the Celtics. The rest of the players are all available, such as Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and others.

Predicted Lineup: Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Willy Hernangomez

Boston Celtics vs New Orleans Pelicans: Prediction

Feb 14, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles the ball around the screen of Celtics forward Tristan Thompson (13) as Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) defends in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams have encountered a poor run of form over the last few weeks. The Celtics, however, have still managed to get a few wins over their last few games. They just defeated a solid Atlanta Hawks team, who gave them problems in their prior encounter. Expect the Celtics to use the momentum from their win to defeat the Pelicans.

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Prediction: The Celtics are able to overcome the Pelicans, thanks to Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum

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Who will win the match between Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans? The game promises to be an exciting one, with some of the best young players in the NBA taking the court against each other to get a much-needed win. But only one team can prevail in such a tightly packed fixture.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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