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NBA Preview: Atlanta Hawks (22-28) at Boston Celtics (38-12)

The Boston Celtics will attempt to improve to 4-2 on their current seven-game homestand when they face the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

The Celtics began the homestand with a 115-96 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers but have won three of their four games since then. Despite not having LeBron James or Anthony Davis available, the Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston 114-105 on Thursday, but the Celtics rebounded and improved their home record to 23-3 by defeating a depleted Memphis team 131-91 on Sunday.

The Grizzlies had only eight players available for that contest because 13 were on the injury report.

Boston played without Jaylen Brown (lower back tightness), and the team rested four of its starters for the fourth quarter.

The Hawks had their four-game winning streak end with a 149-144 loss to the visiting Clippers on Monday. Atlanta made 20 of its 39 3-point attempts, but Los Angeles was 21 of 35 from deep.

Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter came off the bench to score 27 points. Hunter missed 19 games after having a nonsurgical procedure on his right knee and has been on a minutes restriction since returning on Jan. 30. He played only two minutes in the fourth quarter and 19 in the game.

Trae Young added 25 points for the Hawks, who played without center Clint Capela (left adductor strain). Capela was injured during Saturday’s victory over the Golden State Warriors and is expected to miss at least seven to 10 days.

Atlanta has played its past six games at home.

Wednesday’s matchup will be the second game between the Hawks and Celtics this season. Boston received 34 points from Tatum and prevailed 113-103 at home on Nov. 26. The Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday both missed that game due to injuries.

Young, who is averaging a team-high 27.3 points per game, led the Hawks with 33 points and seven assists.

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