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NBA: Tatum in line for Celtics return

Jayson Tatum looks set to make a return for Boston Celtics after a four-game absence when San Antonio Spurs visit TD Garden on Wednesday.

Boston are 5/17 to win in the Money Line or 10/11 to win with a -7.5 handicap in the Point Spread.

On the outside

Tatum has missed the last four games after being placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols, with the Celtics picking up two wins and suffering two losses during his absence.

The All-Star forward has now been cleared to play and practiced with the rest of the team on Tuesday, and coach Ime Udoka is confident the 23-year-old will be able to pick up where he left off.

"He's the type of guy that wants to come back and get right back into his role and not be limited," said Udoka, via Sports Naut. "As long as his conditioning and his wind is fine, he can get right back to playing at the level he was."

Tough times for Boston

Tatum is averaging 25.6 points-per-game, a career-high 8.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Celtics this season but Boston are in the midst of a difficult first season under Udoka, who replaced Brad Stevens after the previous campaign came to an end.

The Celtics have an 18-19 overall record and sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the visit of San Antonio, who have lost their last four games and have a lengthy injury with up to six players unavailable for Wednesday's game.

Tatum's return means Boston only have one definite absentee for the clash with the Spurs as Aaron Nesmith remains sidelined.

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