Will Jayson Tatum Play Tonight? Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 03/14/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Jan 8, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Celtics are striving hard to climb up the rankings in the Eastern Conference. The Cs are coming off a tough loss to the Brooklyn Nets, but they next make a cross-conference visit to play the Houston Rockets, where a win would help them gain much-needed momentum. 

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Venue: Toyota Center

Time: 9:00 PM ET (March 14, 2021) 

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The Houston Rockets aren’t in the best place right now. They have a sub-par record at home and are winless for the past six games at the Toyota Center. Meanwhile, Boston is 7-13 in road games this season, and the upcoming game will be the first regular-season encounter between the Rockets and the Celtics this season. 

Houston Rockets vs Boston Celtics: Injury Updates and Lineups

Rockets

The Houston Rockets aren’t the same team as the old. They have a different leader now, but the franchise seems to be struggling to make a mark as Western conference contenders. The team is suffering a 15-game losing streak, a record which they need to overturn quickly in order to return to playoff contention. 

Jan 22, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) dribbles past Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (right) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

High time that Victor Oladipo and the rest get their act together. Moreover, on top of all this, the miserable Houston team has a list of players who will miss the upcoming fixture due to injury. (H/T ESPN)

Dante Exum: out (calf), Rodions Kurucs: out (oblique), John Wall: out (knee), Eric Gordon: out (groin), Christian Wood: out (ankle), Danuel House: out (knee)

Possible Lineup

Kevin Porter Jr. (G) 

Victor Oladipo (G) 

David Nwaba(F) 

Jae’Sean Tate (F) 

Justin Patton (C) 

Celtics

The Boston Celtics are making strides to climb atop the Eastern Conference and fulfill their expectations. They’re 5-5 in their last ten games and the Celtics are the 21st best offensive team in the league in terms of points scored per game. 

The Celtics have a good offense but should improve their defense in order to win more games in the regular season. As they get ready to face the Rockets, only Romeo Langford (wrist) will be unavailable to take to the court. 

Possible Lineup

Kemba Walker (G) 

Marcus Smart (G) 

Jaylen Brown (F) 

Jayson Tatum (F) 

Tristan Thompson (C) 

Prediction

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The odds are always against a team that is on a 15-game losing streak. The Boston Celtics are the favorites to win this one simply because Houston is largely hindered by injuries. 

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

It is really tough to assume that Houston will create an upset against the Celtics without key starters like John Wall and Christian Wood on the team. Hence, we’re predicting that the Boston Celtics will get the victory on Sunday! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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