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Dan Hunter 18 May 2021
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 Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics Live Stream & Tips 


The Washington Wizards take on the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference Play-in tournament, which features teams which finished between seventh and tenth on the winning percentage rankings list. The teams that finished seventh and eighth  – in this case 7th placed Boston and Washington in 8th – will play each other, with the winner becoming the seventh seed. 

The loser of this match will then play the winner of the teams that finished 9th and 10th  with the winner becoming the 8th seed. If that sounds a bit complicated, it is. In other US sports like MLB, there is a Wildcard Round in which the winners progress to the first round proper. In the NBA system, a team that is so average it loses in the Play-in round could in theory still go all the way and win the championship.


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The Celtics are – along with the LA Lakers – the most successful team in NBA history, with 17 championships to their name. However, they are hardly going into their match against the Wizards in the kind of form that inspires another championship run. Since a six-match sequence of wins in mid-April, Boston had gone 5-10, and they had lost five of their last six regular-season games, bowing out with a 96-92 defeat against the New York Knicks.

By comparison, the Wizards have been playing some great basketball in recent weeks, and in fact have had a better run-in than any other team that’s reached the playoffs, winning more games and losing less than even the top teams in both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Based off both teams’ recent records, I’m backing the Washington Wizards to defeat the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, winning this match by a minimum of 10 points and progressing to the NBA Playoffs.

  • Celtics 7th in Eastern Conference
  • Celtics 36-36 in 2021
  • Wizards 8th in Eastern Conference
  • Wizards 34-38 in 2021

Head to Head


The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics have played each other a total of 311 times in NBA regular-season games, with their head-to-head currently standing at 194 wins to Boston against 117 wins for Washington. Over the past three seasons, these teams played each other nine times, with the Celtics 6-3 up. They have faced each other three times in 2021, with Boston once again having the edge 2-1. In their most recent match in February, the Celtics defeated the Wizards by a one point margin 111-110.

Washington Wizards Form


When the New York Knicks defeated the Washington Wizards 109-91 on February 13, Washington’s record stood at 6-17, they were near the bottom of the Eastern Conference and looked to be headed for a season of mediocrity. A subsequent five-match winning series proved to be a false dawn, and by early April the Wizards were a less than magical 17-32, with the very idea of reaching the playoffs seemingly pure fantasy.

However, from then on Washington finally found their form and have been flying ever since. In their final 23 regular-season games Washington went 17-6, including a sequence of eight-straight wins that effectively turned their season around. In fact, the Wizards have had a better run-in than all of the teams in the top-six of the NBA League, including Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia, Western Conference top-dogs Utah, plus Phoenix, the LA Clippers, Brooklyn and Denver.

Boston Celtics Form


Few sports franchises are as globally recognized as the Boston Celtics, who are as well known around the world as the New York Yankees, the Green Bay Packers, Real Madrid and Manchester United. From the NBA, only the LA Lakers, the Chicago Bulls (thanks to Michael Jordan) and the Miami Heat (thanks to Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James) can compare. However, the Celtics last won the NBA Championship in 2008, and since then Miami have won it twice and the Lakers three times.

The Celtics and their fans are desperate for their brand to be at the top of the game again, but while they have some good players like top points scorer Jayson Tatum plus Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart, their recent form doesn’t inspire much confidence in their playoff chances. Boston are 5-10 in their last 15 matches, and 1-5 in their last six. In their final game of the regular-season, the Celtics went down 96-92 against the New York Knicks.

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Verdict

If one were to base the outcome of Wednesday’s NBA Play-in matchup between the Eastern Conference’s 7th ranked Boston Celtics, and 8th placed Washington Wizards on their 2021 head-to-head, the Celtics would prevail based off their 2-1 lead.

However, both teams have had drastically different run-ins on their way to reaching their Play-in places; Boston have lost 10 of their last 15 matches, losing five of their last six, while Washington have won 15 of their last 20 games, and finished the season with victories over Cleveland and Charlotte.

Based off both teams recent records going into this game, I’m backing the Washington Wizards to defeat the Boston Celtics emphatically, winning this match by a minimum of 10 points in a contest that will likely feature in excess of 230 points.
Best Bet: Washington Winner @110.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Washington 11-15 Winning Margin @900.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Under 231.5 Total Points @100.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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