The 2021 NBA play-in tournament will begin on Tuesday, May 18 and run through Friday, May 21. The play-in tourney will decide the 7-8 seeds in each conference with seeds 7-10 competing over the week until the 2021 NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday, May 22. In the first game from the Eastern Conference, the No. 7 seed Boston Celtics will take on the No. 8 seed Washington Wizards. Here’s everything we know so far, plus a preview for the game.
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics play-in game time
The game will take place on Tuesday, May 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The Celtics will host the Wizards and the game will be broadcasted nationally on TNT.
Wizards vs. Celtics odds
Spread: Celtics -2
Moneyline: WAS (+108), BOS (-130)
The Wizards secured an invitation to last year’s NBA bubble after finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference standings and were eliminated from playoff contention early. Washington also kicked off 2020-21 poorly after swapping John Wall for Russell Westrbook, but has since surged back into playoff contention thanks to Mr. triple-doubles pairing with Bradley Beal. The Wizards might be a fringe playoff team, but they’re playing their best basketball and are an exciting darkhorse worth watching in the play-in games.
The Celtics may be the biggest disappointment out of the East this season. Boston had hopes of making a championship run but injuries and poor performance have the Celtics in the play-in tournament to start things off. With Jaylen Brown sidelined for the rest of the season, the Celtics will need to lean on Jayson Tatum to advance to play the Brooklyn Nets/Philadelphia 76ers in the first round. Boston isn’t the type of 7-seed you’d want to face but the team also isn’t what we expected at the start of the year.