7:30 p.m., TD Garden
TV: Fox Sports Southeast Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.
G R.. Sessions
G M. Smart
G N. Batum
G A. Bradley
F M. Kidd-Gilchrist
F J. Crowder
F M. Williams
F A. Johnson
C C. Zeller
C A. Horford
Matchup to Watch
Al Horford vs. Cody Zeller or Marvin Williams: Horford’s shooting range makes him an atypical NBA center, so power forward Marvin Williams might be better suited to guarding him than center Zeller.
▪ Hornets leading scorer Kemba Walker will miss this game with an excused absence to tend to a personal matter.
▪ Each averaging more than seven boards per game, Charlotte’s Nic Batum and Boston’s Avery Bradley are elite as far as guards rebounding this season.
▪ Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has missed the last four games with a groin strain. He is recovering and might play versus the Hornets.
▪ This is the first game of a challenging back-to-back. The Hornets complete this five-game road trip at Atlanta Saturday night.
Did you know?
Tyler and Cody Zeller continue a tradition of brothers simultaneously playing in the NBA. Among others currently in the league: The Morrises, the Plumlees and the Lopezes.