Will Jaylen Brown Play Tonight? Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

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January 15, 2021 11:00 pm

In a battle of the depleted teams, the Boston Celtics host the Orlando Magic at the TD Garden tonight. They face off at 7:30 pm EST, as the Celtics return to action for the first time after a week.

The Celtics have had three games postponed due to a lack of players. They were supposed to play the Magic twice in three days, but their first game got postponed. They are currently on a four-game winning streak, with their last win against the Wizards on January 8. But with half their team missing, the morale has already been lost.

The Magic also half a lot of players missing, and they are heading into this clash on a three-game losing streak. They lost to the Rockets, Mavericks, and the Bucks, with all of them being blowout losses. So this is their chance to break this streak, as they face a team whose roster is worse affected.

Boston Celtics expected lineup

Carsen Edwards, Jayson Tatum, and Robert Williams (health and safety protocols), Romeo Langford (wrist), and Kemba Walker (knee) have all been declared out. Jaylen Brown, Javonte Green, Semi Ojeleye, and Daniel Theis (health and safety protocols) have all been listed as questionable.

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Boston Celtics center Tristan Thompson (13) yells out in celebration in front of Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) after a play during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

So their likely lineup will be Payton Pritchard and Jeff Teague as the guards, Marcus Smart and Grant Williams as the forwards, and Tristan Thompson as their center.

Orlando Magic expected lineup

The Magic already had four players missing. They now have Mo Bamba (health and safety protocols), Michael Carter-Williams (foot), and Evan Fournier (back) also listed as out for the game.

Jan 11, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dribbles the ball around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) as Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) sets a pick during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

So their lineup will feature Cole Anthony and Dwayne Bacon as their guards, James Ennis and Aaron Gordon as their forwards, and Nikola Vucevic as their center.

Prediction

While both teams are missing half their roster, the Magic have the edge. They have two of their best players still available. On the other hand, the Celtics are missing all three of their best players. So the Magic will come in as the favorites and will be expected to come away with a win. They have more players available on the bench too, so it could be a comfortable win.

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Aaron Mathew

Aaron Mathew is an NBA and NCAA Basketball writer at EssentiallySports. He is passionate about the Los Angeles Lakers, and his favorite player is the late Kobe Bryant. A graduate in Mass Media from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Aaron has previously written for the sports desk at Mumbai Mirror.

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