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Wednesday, December 21st (All times eastern)

Utah Jazz (11-14) at Boston Celtics (10-14), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics once again try for their first winning streak of the season this evening when they wrap up a brief two-game homestand against the Utah Jazz at TD Banknorth Garden.

On Monday, Ricky Davis scored 21 points and dished out seven assists to lead Boston over the Golden State Warriors, 109-98.

Paul Pierce added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who ended a two-game slide. Mark Blount tallied 17 points and Marcus Banks had 16 for Boston, which won for just the second time in six outings.

A win tonight would give the Celtics their first back-to-back wins since a four-game run from May 12-17 of last season.

Boston, which will hit the road for five-games following tonight's tilt, is 8-6 at home this season.

Utah, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after falling to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, 110-85, at Quicken Loans Arena. Gordan Giricek scored 16 points, while Deron Williams and Keith McLeod added 10 apiece for the Jazz, who have lost two of their last three games.

On the injury front forward Andrei Kirilenko missed the game with back spasms and is questionable for tonight's affair. Matt Harpring, though, played 17 minutes against the Cavs, but is expected to sit out tonight's tilt to rest his surgically repaired knee.

The Jazz, who will close a five-game road trip in New York on Friday, are 6-6 away from home this season.

Boston won both meetings with the Jazz last season and has won three of the last four matchups. Utah has also struggled recently in Beantown, where it is just 1-4 in its last five visits.

12/21 10:09:19 ET

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