Welcome to TD Garden for Celtics-Pacers

The Celtics return home briefly to face the best team in the NBA after a difficult 0-3 road trip where they were beaten soundly by Minnesota and Houston before fighting valiantly against the San Antonio Spurs. Jared Sullinger will remain in the starting lineup after his 19-point, 17-rebound effort Wednesday against the Spurs. Brad Stevens admitted he grew up a fan of the Indiana Pacers and joked at the one year he isn’t they have their best team in history.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (4-9)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Jared Sullinger
C Kelly Olynyk

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Inactives: Rajon Rondo

INDIANA PACERS (10-1)
PG George Hill
SG Lance Stephenson
SF Paul George
PF David West
C Roy Hibbert

Inactives: Danny Granger

Officials: Derrick Stafford, Eli Roe, Brian Forte

TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, (WBZ FM, 98.5).

Pregame notes:

• Danny Granger (strained calf) has yet to play this season and it is uncertain when he will return. He is traveling with the team and is participating in practice.

• The Celtics hit the road late Friday night for Atlanta and then head to Charlotte for a Monday contest before returning home to face Memphis.

• Vitor Faverani is shooting his role shrink after playing just two minutes Wednesday against San Antonio. He did record 14 rebounds last Saturday at Minnesota.