The Boston Celtics, the team that entered the 2018/2019 NBA season heavily favored to win the Eastern Conference, according to the Sporting News, are off to a somewhat tentative start with a close win over the New York Knicks on Saturday following a loss to their chief rival for the conference top spot, the Toronto Raptors. But Boston returns home looking for a third win in four games Monday night when they square off against the 1-2 Orlando Magic in a game that will live stream from Beantown.
The game will be a rare home contest for the Celtics who play only four home games out of their first 13 contests in the opening four weeks of the new NBA season, according to the Boston sports site Wicked Local. In fact, the Celtics will not enjoy the luxury of back-to-back home games until just before Thanksgiving, making a victory on Monday over Orlando even more crucial.
The Celtics will be without center Aron Baynes, who will miss the Orlando game on Monday with a hamstring strain, according to the Celtics’ official Twitter account. Forward Marcus Morris is also questionable with “knee soreness,” MassLive Celtics beat reporter Tom Westerholm revealed on his Twitter feed.