NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 4th (All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (25-20) at Boston Celtics (22-24), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics play the finale of a three-game homestand as they welcome the Orlando Magic to the FleetCenter.
This is the third and final meeting of the season between the clubs. In the two previous contests, Boston was victorious on its homecourt and at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Overall, the home team has won 11 of the last 14 meetings in this series. The Celtics have won three straight and five of the last six contests. Orlando has lost seven straight and 12 of its last 13 at Boston.
The last time the Magic defeated the Celtics in Boston was on December 30, 2000.
The Celtics are 1-1 on their current homestand. On Wednesday, Paul Pierce recorded a triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, as Boston defeated the New Jersey Nets, 110-89, at the FleetCenter. Pierce shot 9-of-15 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line for Boston, which built a lead early and cruised through the final 24 minutes.
Boston's starting frontcourt of Raef LaFrentz and Mark Blount outscored New Jersey's starting big men Nenad Kristic and Jason Collins 32-0 and outboarded them 13-6 in Wednesday's victory. LaFrentz had 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, while Blount had 11 points and five rebounds for the Celtics, who have won two of three and four of their last six overall.
On the injury front, Boston's Ricky Davis (flu) is questionable for tonight's contest.
The Celtics are 15-8 at home this season. Boston has won five of its last seven at the FleetCenter.
On Tuesday, Steve Francis had 30 points and a season-high 13 assists as the Magic knocked off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-102, at TD Waterhouse Centre. Francis hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute and finished 10-of-12 from the line and 10-of-14 from the field for the Magic, who have won three of their last four.
Grant Hill had 21 points for the Magic in Tuesday's victory, while rookie Dwight Howard was held to just eight points and five rebounds.
The Magic, who are 7-1 in Friday games this season, are 9-15 as the visitor this season. Orlando has lost three of its last four on the road.
02/04 10:11:16 ET