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Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch NBA game online

Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch NBA game online

The Boston Celtics will get a great look at two of the NBA's most talented rookies this week.

Before taking on 2019 No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, the Celtics will host the Memphis Grizzlies at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The Grizzlies enter Wednesday in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They have won eight of their last 10 games, and much of their success can be attributed to rookie point guard Ja Morant. The No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft is averaging a team-leading 17.9 points and seven assists per game, and he's provided plenty of exciting moments with his athleticism -- just ask former Celtics center Aron Baynes. The Grizzlies are more than just Morant, though. Jaren Jackson Jr., who was selected No. 4 overall in the 2018 draft, is enjoying a fine sophomore season with averages of 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. 

The Celtics are coming off a huge 32-point win over the rival Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, and Boston's next challenge is to build on that momentum and play more consistent. The C's have won just four of their last 10 games.

Here's how to watch NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics vs. Grizzlies, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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BEFORE THE GAME: At 6:30 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Mike Gorman, Brian Scalabrine, A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg, and Abby Chin. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream

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Zion Williamson return: Celtics should be among Pelicans rookie's first opponents

Zion Williamson return: Celtics should be among Pelicans rookie's first opponents

Zion Williamson's return is coming soon.

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told reporters Wednesday that the No. 1 overall pick from the 2019 NBA Draft is expected to make his regular season debut Jan. 22 versus the San Antonio Spurs.

If Williamson does return against the Spurs, his first game versus the Boston Celtics would be a few days later on Sunday, Jan. 26 in New Orleans (that game can be seen on NBC Sports Boston). The Pelicans were without Williamson when they lost 140-105 to the Celtics at TD Garden last weekend.

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Williamson was sidelined in October after undergoing surgery to repair his torn right lateral meniscus. The Pelicans have struggled in his absence, and they enter Wednesday with a 15-26 record that places them 14th in the Western Conference standings.

The 19-year-old forward is the most hyped rookie since Kevin Durant in 2007-08, and if the Duke product can stay healthy, he is expected to be a franchise cornerstone player for a long time.

His blend of elite size, strength, athleticism and raw basketball skill is incredible, and it's drawn plenty of comparisons to LeBron James' repertoire. 

Blakely: Smart, Celtics headed in the right direction

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Pistons-Celtics, which tips off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike and Scal have the call at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

NBA picks: Celtics vs. Pelicans betting predictions, plays against the spread

NBA picks: Celtics vs. Pelicans betting predictions, plays against the spread

The Celtics look to right themselves Saturday night when they welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to TD Garden. Boston has lost three in a row for the first time this season and has just one win in the new year.

The Pels (14-25), still without No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson (knee surgery), appear to offer just what the C's need, but come in having won two in a row - including a 129-111 win in New York over the Knicks on Friday night - and three of their past four.

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The C's in their skid have had a tendency to play down to sub .500 teams (see losses to San Antonio and Washington and a close home win over Atlanta).

Here's a look at the betting plays for the matchup at TD Garden. 

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

New Orleans Hornets at Boston Celtics, 7 p.m., ET

Moneyline: If the Celtics drop their fourth in a row - and see another Western Conference also-ran come in and hand them a second consecutive loss on the Garden floor (San Antonio did it Wednesday night) - what has been a mild panic will become a full-blown crisis. Homecourt, health and rest advantages (New Orleans is on its second night of a back-to-back on the road) favor Boston (-600). Look for the C's to snap their slide...

Point spread: ...but it won't be easy. The Celtics are 10-point favorites, but have failed to cover in four consecutive home games and four of their past five overall. The Pelicans come in 5-0-1 against the spread in their past six. Look for New Orleans (+10 ) to make this one competitive.

Over/Under: The Celtics are second in the NBA in average points allowed (104.4) and their offense has had its struggles in their losing streak, in which the C's failed to reach 100 points in two of the three losses. Coming in banged up (Derek Favors,  J.J. Redick out and Jrue Holiday doubtful) and off a back-to-back, don't expect the Pelicans, who average 116.6 points, to match that kind of output. The UNDER (225) looks to be the play.

Pat's record, pinch-hitting for Darren Hartwell, picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 6-6

NBA Locks

Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver Nuggets (-12.5), 9 p.m.: A tale of two big men. The Nuggets (15-4 at home) have won two in a row with Nikola Jokic going for 47 and 33 points in those wins. The Cavs (5-13 on the road) have lost five of their past six and Kevin Love is sulking. 

Philadelphia 76ers at Dallas Mavericks (-2), 8:30 p.m.: The 76ers have won two in a row, including beating the Celtics without Joel Embiid, but his absence is bound to catch up with them vs. a tough opponent on the road, where Philly is 0-3-1 against the spread in its past four. 

Pat's record, pinch-hitting for Darren, picking NBA locks: 4-4

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Pelicans-Celtics, which tips off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike and Scal have the call at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.