Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Tip-Off: 7:30 P.M. ET
Boston (27-22): Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett
**Ray Allen (ankle) participated in the morning shoot around and is a game-time decision.
Utah (27-23): Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward, C.J. Miles, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson
Keys to the Game:
- The Celtics go for their third straight win tonight. Philadelphia won last night, giving them a half game lead over Boston for first place in the Atlantic Division. The winner of the division will definitely have an easier road through the playoffs, so Boston has to stay right on the 76ers’ heels.
- Boston’s front court has a tough matchup against Utah’s big men. Garnett faces former Celtics Jefferson, while Bass will be assigned Millsap. The Celtics are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, and tonight they have to get an advantage on the glass, and they need to limit the Jazz’s second chance opportunities on the offensive end.
- Pierce is coming off his best offensive performance in the past few seasons. He needs to continue being the Celtics’ scoring leader and set the tone for the rest of the team.