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NBA Preview: Indiana Pacers (27-20) at Boston Celtics (36-11)

The Indiana Pacers hope to have All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton back in the lineup when they go on the road to face the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

Haliburton has missed 10 of Indiana’s past 11 games with a hamstring strain, but he practiced with the team on Monday. He was injured in a victory over Boston on Jan. 8 and returned for the Pacers’ game at Portland on Jan. 19, but then sat out the next five games.

As of Monday night, Haliburton was listed as questionable for Tuesday’s contest.

Haliburton was selected as an Eastern Conference starter for this year’s All-Star Game, which will be played in Indianapolis on Feb. 18. He is averaging 23.6 points and a league-best 12.6 assists per game this season.

The Pacers stretched their winning streak to three games by beating Memphis 116-110 at home on Sunday. Bennedict Mathurin scored 24 points off the bench for the Pacers, who took a 110-107 lead when Jalen Smith connected on a 3-pointer with 3:10 to play.

Smith finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Mathurin made 9 of 14 shots from the field, sinking three 3-pointers. He also grabbed seven rebounds.

In addition to Haliburton, the Pacers were missing backup point guard T.J. McConnell (personal reasons) and center Myles Turner (back spasms).

The Celtics avoided a third straight home loss by beating New Orleans 118-112 on Monday. Boston trailed by 11 early in the fourth quarter but outscored the Pelicans 37-20 in the final 10 minutes.

Derrick White made five of his six field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter, when he tossed in 13 points. He made a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 99-98 lead with 5:05 to play, then drained another trey that pushed the lead to 107-101 with 3:05 remaining.

Tuesday will be the fifth time the Celtics and Pacers have faced each other this season. The teams split the first four meetings, three of which were played in Indiana.

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