Wizards vs. Celtics NBA Odds, Play-In Tournament Preview and Prediction – May 18, 2021
The Washington Wizards head to Boston to face the Boston Celtics in a Play-In game that gives the winner a ticket to the playoffs. Meanwhile, the losing team gets another chance to head to the playoffs when they face the winner of the other Play-In Tournament winner in the East.
Tuesday’s game is important for both teams as this leads them to a shorter route towards the postseason. More than that, the winning team will have more time to rest before the playoffs proper.
With that, NitroBetting news takes a closer look at the upcoming Wizards vs. Celtics game. Get a low-down of the event, including important team information, key players, and other essential details. Furthermore, we present to you the latest NBA odds for the game, as well as timely betting trends and expert betting predictions to help you lock in on the best picks.
Wizards vs. Celtics Game Information
- When: Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachussetts
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: WOAI 1200 AM (Wizards) / ESPN Radio 92.9 FM (Grizzlies)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Washington Wizards +2.0 / OU: 232.5
Why Bet on the Washington Wizards?
The Washington Wizards slowly clawed their way back into the picture after an incredible run in the second half of the season. They qualified for the Play-In Tournament following an 8th place finish in the regular season, right behind the Celtics. Their last game saw them score a 115-110 victory over the ornets, giving them momentum heading into the clash with Boston.
Beal has looked not quite right of late because of a hamstring injury, but he’s still expected to show up Tuesday night. The guard scored 25 points to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes of playtime against Charlotte. Running the backcourt alongside him is Russell Westbrook, who just recently topped the triple-double record after surpassing Oscar Robertson.
His previous performance against the Hornets showcases another triple-double performance, scoring 23 points, 25 rebounds, and 10 assists. Expect Russell Westbrook to continue one of his best seasons ever as he laces up for this Wizards vs. Celtics game.
Why Bet on the Boston Celtics?
On the other hand, the Boston Celtics go head to head with an in-form Wizards team to make it to the playoffs. This is one of their two chances to clinch a spot in the playoffs, and we anticipate non-stop action from both ends of the court come Tuesday night.
After a shaky run towards the end of the regular season, the Celtics look to bounce back and start building positive tempo coming into the playoffs. To match the Wizards’ pace, they have to start strong and control the offense early into the game.
This is going to be a daunting task following Jaylen Brown’s season-ending injury. His absence has been relevant in the Celtics’ recent games and could dictate the results of the Play-In tournament.
Jayson Tatum will be the point man of the Celtics and he has to do more for the Celtics to get a shot at the playoffs. The forward is more than capable of carrying this team, and he demonstrated that in a 60-point performance to overcome a 32-point deficit to win against the Spurs.
Wizards vs. Celtics Betting Trends
- The Wizards are 6-4 in their last 10 away games.
- The Wizards are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 away games.
- The totals have gone over 6 times in the Wizards’ last 10 games.
- The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10 home games.
- The Celtics are 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The totals have gone over 8 times in the Celtics’ last 10 home games.
Wizards vs. Celtics Expert Betting Prediction
The Celtics have to wake up and start playing their cards right from now on. They have been careless and inconsistent throughout the season, so they have to act quickly and keep composed before the game starts. There’s still plenty of home for the team and covering the spread shouldn’t be a problem for the Celtics.
Meanwhile, the Wizards are looking better than ever with the Westbrook and Beal partnership on full throttle. They can cause problems for the Celtics and potentially seal the win if they can pull off with an early lead.
This is just one of the many sports betting guides that you can read here at NitroBetting news. Stay tuned for more NBA game previews and articles and don’t forget to check out the latest Basketball betting odds on the sportsbook.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.