Celtics vs Wizards Betting Preview
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The Boston Celtics will play host to the Washington Wizards for their first game of the play-in tournament. The winner of this game clinches the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and a date with the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. The loser will play the winner of the Indiana Pacers/Charlotte Hornets matchup, and whoever wins that matchup will clinch the eighth seed.
The Wizards closed out the season, winning 17 of their last 23 games, as they finished the regular season with a 34-38 record.
The Celtics, on the other hand, closed out their season losers of five of their last six, as they finished their regular season with an even 36-36 record.
Celtics vs Wizards – ODDS
The spread for Tuesday night is -2 Celtics. The over/under is slated at 232.5.
Celtics Hope to Overcome Injury Bug
The Celtics have lost Jaylen Brown for the rest of the season due to a wrist injury, as his presence will be very hard to replace. It’ll be up to Jayson Tatum to take his scoring to a whole new notch for the Celtics to even have a chance in this one. Evan Fournier will be huge as well.
Brad Stevens seemed to suggest that Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, and Tristan Thompson will all play despite dealing with recent injuries. While they may play, the big question will be whether or not they can maintain their effectiveness.
Wizards Look to Keep Rolling
The Wizards have been the textbook definition of a resilient team all season long. They were a season-high 15 games under .500 on April 5th, and with their backs against the wall, they managed to finish in eighth place in the East and just four games under an even record.
Russell Westbrook has been an absolute force recently, as he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of May after averaging 26.3 points, 16.1 assists, and 13.8 rebounds in nine games.
Westbrook has expressed a consistent belief in his teammates through the good times and bad times all season long, and with their chemistry clicking on all cylinders at the right time, they’re going to be tough to stop.
Bradley Beal is still bothered by his recent hamstring injury, as he gutted it out in the Wizards’ recent win over the Hornets. Despite playing through a bunch of pain and frustration, Beal still managed to put up 25 points and take over down the stretch. Beal’s presence alone will attract a ton of gravity, so even if he struggles with his shot, look for Westbrook and others to step up.
Guys that can step up are Raul Neto and Ish Smith, as both can penetrate to the rim with ease for nice layups at the rim. Rui Hachimura and Davis Bertans are a pair of forwards that can stretch the floor and get hot in a hurry. Robin Lopez can just simply burn you with his hook shot.
Celtics vs Wizards Betting Prediction: Wizards Win
This can get ugly for the Celtics. The Wizards are playing like a team hungry to win and in sync with one another. The Celtics don’t have that same team chemistry and are floundering at the wrong time. Brown being out will also be too hard for them to overcome.
Free Play: Wizards +2
Over/Under: Under 232.5