In the second game of the Eastern Conference doubleheader, the Washington Wizards will travel to play the Boston Celtics in the play-in tournament on Tuesday, May 18th. The winner of this game will be the No. 7 seed to play the No. 2 seed Brooklyn Nets in the NBA playoffs, while the loser will host the winner of the Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte Hornets matchup for a shot at the eight seed.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Tuesday night’s game.
Which team will cover the spread: Wizards +1.5 or Celtics -1.5?
The Celtics have not been the same team without Jaylen Brown, and they have gone 2-5 since he last appeared in a game on May 2nd. Boston has lost three straight home games, while the Wizards have played well down the stretch especially from a betting perspective. Washington will enter this game 15-4-1 against the spread in their last 20 games.
Wizards vs. Celtics total points: over/under 234.5
This is an incredibly high number, which makes sense considering Washington averages the most number of possessions per game. However, Boston has struggled on the offensive end and will need to limit Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook as much as possible, so we’re taking the under in this spot.
Which team will reach 30 points first: Wizards or Celtics?
Despite their struggles, Boston has actually won the first quarter in each of their last two games, while the Wizards have started slow and trailed after the first quarter for four games in a row. Go with the Celtics here.
Which combination of players will have more points and assists? Kemba Walker/Jayson Tatum or Russell Westbrook/Bradley Beal
Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal should have more points and assists than Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, and it shouldn’t be all that close. Beal averages the second most points in the entire NBA, and Westbrook is the only player averaging double-digit assists per game.
Who will finish with the most points, rebounds and assists? Jayson Tatum, Russell Westbrook or Bradley Beal
Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double again, so he certainly has the highest floor among the group, and that’s where we’ll go with this prediction.
Which team will make more 3-pointers: Wizards or Celtics?
Neither team defends the three-point line very well, but Washington attempts a rather low number with 29 shots from long range per game, which is the second fewest in the NBA. The edge is with the Celtics here.
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