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Boston @ New Orleans

Current Records: Boston 15-14; New Orleans 12-17

What to Know

The Boston Celtics have enjoyed the comforts of home their last three games, but now they must head out on the road. They will square off against the New Orleans Pelicans at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Smoothie King Center. The Celtics should still be feeling good after a win, while New Orleans will be looking to get back in the win column.

While not quite a landslide, the contest between Boston and the Atlanta Hawks this past Friday was still a pretty decisive one as Boston wrapped it up with a 121-109 victory at home. Boston can attribute much of their success to point guard Kemba Walker, who shot 5-for-8 from downtown and finished with 28 points, six assists and five boards.

Meanwhile, the game between New Orleans and the Phoenix Suns this past Friday was not particularly close, with the Pelicans falling 132-114. The losing side was boosted by point guard Lonzo Ball, who shot 6-for-12 from beyond the arc and finished with a double-double on 21 points and 12 dimes.

Barring any buzzer beaters, the Celtics are expected to win a tight contest. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Boston, who are 15-14 against the spread.

New Orleans' loss took them down to 12-17 while Boston's win pulled them up to 15-14. Allowing an average of 115.10 points per game, the Pelicans haven't exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We'll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming matchup.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: ABC
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Celtics are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Pelicans, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Boston have won six out of their last ten games against New Orleans.

  • Jan 26, 2020 - New Orleans 123 vs. Boston 108
  • Jan 11, 2020 - Boston 140 vs. New Orleans 105
  • Dec 10, 2018 - Boston 113 vs. New Orleans 100
  • Nov 26, 2018 - Boston 124 vs. New Orleans 107
  • Mar 18, 2018 - New Orleans 108 vs. Boston 89
  • Jan 16, 2018 - New Orleans 116 vs. Boston 113
  • Jan 07, 2017 - Boston 117 vs. New Orleans 108
  • Nov 14, 2016 - New Orleans 106 vs. Boston 105
  • Apr 06, 2016 - Boston 104 vs. New Orleans 97
  • Dec 07, 2015 - Boston 111 vs. New Orleans 93

Injury Report for New Orleans

  • Steven Adams: Out (Ankle)

Injury Report for Boston

  • Marcus Smart: Out (Calf)
  • Romeo Langford: Out (Wrist)