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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