Fresh off a 24-point, 14-rebound performance leading the Boston Celtics (2-1) past the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, Jayson Tatum and company return home to take on the Orlando Magic (2-1) at TD Garden on Monday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBA TV (nationally), Fox Sports Florida (in Magic markets) and NBC Sports Boston (in Celtics markets). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
NBA TV, Fox Sports Florida (local markets) and NBC Sports Boston (local markets) are all included in the main Fubo bundle, which has 85 channels and is tailored towards sports. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch games up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
Fox Sports Florida (local markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel packages, while NBA TV is in the “Sports Extra” add-on. NBC Sports Boston is not included. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of both, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
This is only an option for local viewers, as Fox Sports Florida and NBC Sports Boston–but not NBA TV–are included in the “Hulu with Live TV” channel bundle. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Through three games, Tatum is already proving his worth in his second season. Averaging 21 points and 10.7 rebounds, Tatum has become the go-to guy down the stretch for the Celtics in the paint in addition to Kyrie Irving.
Head coach Brad Stevens has reiterated how he will use Gordon Hayward early in 2018-19. Hayward sat on Saturday night, the second of a back-to-back. Hayward is still getting acclimated to being used in the offense as well. After opening the season as a plus-10 in a double-digit victory against the Philadelphia 76ers, Hayward was a minus-11 in a double-digit loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Stevens has already confirmed Hayward will be back in the lineup vs. Orlando.
Center Aron Baynes (hamstring) has been ruled out Monday. Baynes got the spot start against the Knicks on Saturday with Hayward out, and finished with 10 points, five rebounds and a plus-11. His injury is considered day-to-day, and 2018 first-round pick Robert Williams is expected to nab a few bench minutes with Baynes temporarily shelved.
The Magic were edged 116-115 by the 76ers on Saturday night. Aaron Gordon had a double-double, Evan Fournier dropped 31 points, and center Nikola Vucevic recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. In addition to those core three players, Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba will be increasingly used in head coach Steve Clifford’s rotation.
Key Matchup: Irving vs. the Magic guards. Orlando’s starting point guard is journeyman D.J. Augustin, and their backup is Jerian Grant. Fournier plays most of the backcourt minutes, but isn’t a good defender and doesn’t match up against the team’s best player. This is the type of game that ignites Kyrie early, so Clifford will have to trap Irving and force him to dump the ball elsewhere, predominantly Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart or Terry Rozier; good, but noticeably less consistent players.
Early on Gordon has multiple double-doubles, and Orlando will need Gordon to find and facilitate offense against the Celtics. Despite Tatum being a standout — and arguably the team’s best player — he still has work to do on the defensive end, and will likely be tasked with guarding Gordon the most as Al Horford is preoccupied with Vucevic and Bamba down low.