Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Boston Celtics are hosting the Washington Wizards at the Ba TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 9:00 ET in the second game of the Eastern play-in tournament between the seventh and eighth seeds of the conference. Celtics have clinched the seventh place a couple of matches ago but the Wizards surpassed the Hornets for the eighth place by winning them in the final game of the season. The Celtics are just 1-5 in their previous six matches, while the Wizards have back-to-back victories. 

The Celtics finished the regular season with a 36-36 record and are 33-38-1 against the spread and 37-35 in over/under. They are coming off a road defeat against the Knicks with a 92-96 score. They played without their starters but still managed to do some damage and force a close game. Jabari Parker led the team with 18 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. 

Jason Tatum leads the team in scoring with 26.4 ppg, adding 7.4 boards and 4.3 dimes per game. Jaylen Brown adds 24.7 ppg, 6 boards and 3.4 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season. 

The Celtics score 112.6 ppg and allow 111.2 ppg defensively. They shoot with 46.6% from the field and 37.4% from behind the arc. They are 2-4 against the spread in their previous six matches. Under is 3-0 in their previous three matches. 

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Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Predictions 5/18/2021

The Wizards finished the regular season with a 34-38 record and are 41-30-1 against the spread and 36-36 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Hornets with a 115-110 score. Bradley Beal returned to the lineup but looked a bit rusty. He led the team with 25 points, but only made 8-27 from the field. Russell Westbrook ended the season with another triple double with 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.  

Beal leads the team in scoring with 31.3 ppg, adding 4.7 boards and 4.4 dimes per game. Russell Westbrook adds 22.2 ppg and leads the team both in boards grabbed with 11.5 and in dimes made with 11.7. 

Wizards have the worse defense in the NBA, allowing 118.5 ppg but have the third-best offense with 116.6 ppg. They have a 47.5% field goal percentage and a 35.1% 3-point percentage. They are 7-2-1 against the spread in their previous ten matches. Under is 3-0 in their previous three matches.

Boston led Washington 2-1 wins this year, with each team winning at home. Boston won both home games with a 111-110 score and with 116-107. Wizards are 4-1 against the spread in their previous five matchups. Their last five matchups have been under the total. The Celtics are 21-15 at home, while the Wizards are 15-21 on the road. I’m going to go with under the total today.

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Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 9:00 ET 

Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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NBA Odds/Point Spread: Boston Celtics -1.5 

NBA Totals: +234.5

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