Boston vs. Washington: how will the playoff battle end?
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards: NBA prediction and betting options (May 19, 2021)
Boston will host Washington on May 19, and we have prepared a prediction for this confrontation. Is the capital club ready to fight? Find out below.
The Boston Celtics slowed down a lot at the end of the championship, which immediately affected the standings. The team was left behind the leading six of the Eastern Conference and is now forced to play in the play-in.
Boston played their last match against New York and, in principle, showed a good game, however, they failed to win (92-96). The club did not play with the optimal line-up, as the head coach gave the leaders the opportunity to rest before the extremely important meeting with Washington.
The Celtics will fight the Wizards without Jaylen Brown, who is out before the end of the season, so the hosts will have a hard time. There is no doubt that Brad Stevens will properly set up his wards because they have no other choice.
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The Washington Wizards just snatched a place in the play-in, because most of the season the team just suffered and stumbled in one place. At the end of the tournament, Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook majorly improved and pulled the club into the Top-10 in the East.
Washington played well two games in a row, as they confidently dealt with Cleveland (120-105) and defeated Charlotte (115-110). Scott Brooks's guys need to keep playing at the same pace as they haven't made it to the playoffs yet.
The capital club is waiting for a real test since Boston are far from being an easy opponent and will clearly not surrender without a fight, especially since the meeting will take place at the TD Garden arena. This will also make adjustments to the game.
Of course, it is difficult to single out a favorite in this confrontation, because Washington added recently, while Boston, on the contrary, slowed down at the end of the championship. Of course, Brad Stevens' wards have more experience of playing in the playoffs, at least in recent seasons for sure. We assume that the Celtics will show their maximum in their native walls, although we expect a real fight.
Our prediction is the handicap (-1.5) of the Boston Celtics including OT for 1.89 in BC 1XBET.