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NBA: Boston have a point to prove says Smart

Guard Marcus Smart says Boston Celtics feel like have a point to prove in the remainder of the season after being written off earlier in the campaign.

The Celtics entertain Sacramento Kings in one of nine games on Tuesday and Boston can be backed at 10/11 with a -8.5 handicap in the Point Spread and Sacramento are 13/4 in the Money Line.

Celtics recover from slow start

Boston endured a tough start to the campaign under new coach Ime Udoka, who is a first-year head coach after assistant spells at San Antonio, Philadelphia and Brooklyn, and some critics have suggested star men Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been unable to form a strong partnership.

However, the Celtics have been on an impressive run recently and have six wins in their last nine games.

Boston have a 24-24 overall record and appear on course to at least secure a place in the play-in tournament, and Smart says they are motivated by proving their detractors wrong.

"It's us versus everybody. Nobody really believes in us but us on this team," he said, via Sportsnaut.

Busy evening in the NBA

Elsewhere, Brooklyn Nets face Los Angeles Lakers in what is the highlight of Tuesday's games in a clash that could still be a potential Finals preview, despite the Lakers' indifferent campaign so far.

Golden State Warriors entertain Dallas Mavericks and there are two other all-Western Conference clashes as San Antonio Spurs head to Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers host Minnesota Timberwolves.

Detroit Pistons take on Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans make the trip to Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors host Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers travel to Washington Wizards.

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