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Game 29: Anthony Davis will play, but Boston Celtics will be without Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford among others

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The New Orleans Pelicans strike a bit of good fortune on the second night of their back-to-back. Can they take advantage?

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Since facing the New Orleans Pelicans on November 26, the Boston Celtics (15-10) haven’t lost, and have not trailed since the first half of the Celtics’ matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 1st. The Celtics have played 129:12 without trailing, with a score of 350-256. - Per Sean Grande

But as luck would have it, the Pelicans are catching the Celtics at the perfect time. The injury bug has bitten the Beantown Boys hard, limiting them to but nine healthy bodies. Boston will be without Kyrie Irving who held the Pelicans’ late game surge at bay two weeks ago, as well as Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes and Guerschon Yabusele.

One odd statistic: the Celtics have been unbeatable with Kyrie out of the lineup at home (19-3), but with such a depleted bench, the Pelicans will have every opportunity to tie up the season series.

Especially with the availability of Anthony Davis:

The Moore news is a bit of a setback, but with the NBA’s fifth-best lineup intact (Frazier - Jrue - Hill - Randle - AD 40.9 Net Rating), they should have enough to give the Cs a run for their money, even while playing on the road.

Injury Report:

Pelicans:

Elfrid Payton (Out, finger), Anthony Davis (available, hip bruise), E’Twaun Moore (Out, lower leg strain)

Celtics:

Aron Baynes (Out, ankle sprain), Gordon Hayward (Out, Illness), Al Horford (Out, knee soreness), Kyrie Irving (Out, shoulder soreness), Guerschon Yabusele (Out, ankle sprain)

Boston New Orleans
Pace: 98.2 (22nd) Pace: 103.1 (third)
ORtg: 110.7 (11th) ORtg: 114.5 (third)
DRtg: 103.3 (2nd) DRtg: 112.2 (24th)
Projected Starters:
Boston New Orleans
PG - Terry Rozier PG - Tim Frazier
SG - Marcus Smart SG - Jrue Holiday
SF - Jayson Tatum F - Solomon Hill
F - Marcus Morris PF - Julius Randle
C - Daniel Theis C - Anthony Davis

The Boston Celtics have but ten active players for tonight’s contest, including PJ Dozier, who was called up from the G-League for this special occasion.

For expanded coverage, check out an Outsiders’ Perspective with Celtics’ Blog’s Keith Smith, as well as our game preview by Jamile Dunn.

Let’s geaux, Pels!

Where To Watch

What: New Orleans Pelicans at Boston Celtics

Where: TD Garden Arena

When: Monday, December 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Central

How: NBATV, FSNO 99.5 FM WRNO

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