The Celtics will be taking on a familiar opponent in a very unfamiliar setting Monday night.
For the first time this season, the C's will match up against the Raptors, but they'll do so at Amalie Arena in Tampa -- the Raps' temporary home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The setting won't be the only difference as the teams face off for the first time since last season's Eastern Conference Semifinals series. Instead of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka manning the middle for Toronto, old friend Aron Baynes is now part of Nick Nurse's starting lineup. The former Celtic is averaging 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in the early going for the Raptors, who have dropped four of five games to start the season.
As for the Celtics, they'll be facing the second night of a road back-to-back after scratching out a 122-120 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday afternoon.
The close finish was nothing new for the C's, who have seen five of their seven games decided by five points or less -- the most in the NBA this season.
Brad Stevens might have to be creative with his backcourt on Monday night, as Jeff Teague has already been ruled out thanks to a sprained ankle he suffered Sunday in Detroit while Marcus Smart is listed a questionable with a right thumb sprain.
Here's how to watch live coverage of the Celtics-Raptors contest:
When: Monday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: NBC Sports Boston
Be sure to tune into NBC Sports Boston at 7:00 p.m. for "Celtics Pregame Live" presented by TD Bank. We will have complete coverage after the final buzzer with "Celtics Postgame Live" presented by Your New England Ford Dealers. You can watch both shows on the MyTeams App or by clicking here.