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Opening odds for Wizards vs. Celtics in the NBA play-in tournament

We go over the initial lines for Boston vs. Washington on Tuesday night.

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics fouls Raul Neto  of the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at TD Garden on February 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The No. 7 seed Boston Celtics will face the No. 8 seed Washington Wizards will meet each other in the 2021 NBA play-in tournament to decide the 7-seed in the East. The Celtics and Wizards will tip-off at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday night on TNT. The winner of Celtics-Wizards will face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, which begin on Saturday, May 22.

With the Celtics-Wizards matchup already set in stone, DraftKings Sportsbook wasted no time getting up opening odds for the game. We’re going to take a look at the lines and give a first take.

Celtics vs. Wizards play-in tournament odds

Spread: Celtics -2 (-112)
Moneyline: WAS (+106), BOS (-129)

The Celtics are slight favorites at home at TD Garden against the Wizards. Both sides are expected to be at full-strength, though the Celtics lost Jaylen Brown (wrist) for the rest of the season. The big question is Bradley Beal, who played on Sunday in the regular-season finale but is dealing with a hamstring injury. Beal should be good to go for this game. If that’s the case I’d lean Wizards on the spread and ML starting out. The Celtics are a bit overvalued because of what they’ve done in the past but this isn’t that team. Without Brown, it’ll be tough to deal with Beal and Russell Westbrook.

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