NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 19th (All times eastern)
Boston Celtics (20-46) at New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (29-37), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets try to get back on the winning track this evening, as they welcome the Boston Celtics to the Ford Center.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On November 1st, Chris Paul collected 20 points, seven rebounds 10 assists to lead the Hornets over Boston, 91-87, at TD Banknorth Garden. The Hornets snapped a four-game series losing streak with the victory.
Boston has won two straight after losing its last three at the Hornets.
The Hornets trail the Golden State Warriors by two games for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City returns home after going 1-1 on a two-game road trip. On Saturday, Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and dished out 11 assists to lead the Washington Wizards to a 125-103 rout of the Hornets at the Verizon Center.
Paul scored 21 points and dished out eight assists in the loss to Washington, while David West registered 17 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets, who have dropped seven of their last eight games overall.
The Hornets are 19-13 as the host this season. They will visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday at the FedExForum.
Boston wraps up a three-game road trip. It is 1-1 on the current swing. Paul Pierce poured in 30 points and hit key shots down the stretch, as the Celtics defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 91-85, on Saturday at the AT&T Center. It was their first victory over the Spurs since 1997. The Celtics also defeated San Antonio on the road for the first time since 1990, a span of 15 games.
Delonte West contributed 23 points in the win over the Spurs, while Al Jefferson ended with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, which has won two of its last three contests.
The Celtics are 11-23 on the road this season. After tonight's contest, they return home for a four-game homestand. Boston will host Charlotte, Dallas, Toronto and Orlando on the upcoming stand.
On the injury front for Boston, forward Brian Scalabrine (personal) is probable, while forward Ryan Gomes (sprained left foot) is expected to miss tonight's contest.
03/19 10:54:58 ET