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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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