Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 5/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+1.5)
TD Garden is the site where and the Boston Celtics (36-36) will play the Washington Wizards (34-38) on Tuesday in one of the Eastern Conference Play-In games. Washington opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 233.5.
The Washington Wizards stepped onto the hardwood against the Charlotte Hornets and went home with a win by a final score of 115-110 in their last game. Washington walked away from the contest with a 48.4% FG percentage (44 of 91) and converted 10 of their 31 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Wizards knocked down 17 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 81.0%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they collected 53 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 22 assists for the game in addition to forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 4 steals. In relation to defense, Washington allowed the other team to go 39.4% from the floor on 37 of 94 shooting. Charlotte recorded 25 assists and had 8 steals in this game. Moreover, Charlotte snagged 42 boards (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Charlotte ended up going 91.7% at the free throw line by converting 22 of their 24 shots. They converted 14 of 45 attempts from beyond the arc.
Bradley Beal is a player who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up with 25 points on 8 out of 27 shooting. He was on the court for 34:37 minutes and also pulled down 6 boards. Beal shot 29.6% from the field and also dished out 4 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Wizards was Russell Westbrook. He grabbed 15 rebounds in his 40:11 minutes on the basketball court. He finished shooting 40.0% from the field in the matchup by going 6-of-15 (23 points). When this game wrapped up, Westbrook had accumulated 10 assists.
Washington comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 34-38 on the campaign. They are turning it over 14.4 times per game and as a squad are committing 21.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Washington is collecting 45.2 boards per game and has tallied 1,835 assists this year, which has them ranked 13th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Wizards are shooting 35.1% on three-point attempts (733 of 2,088) and 76.9% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 116.6 points per game (3rd in the league) while connecting on 47.5% from the field. When they are on defense, the Wizards are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and they draw 22.0 personal fouls. The Wizards defense is allowing a FG percentage of 47.1% (1,056 of 1,586) and they relinquish 46.1 rebounds per game as a group. They are ranked 12th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,762 relinquished on the season. They are giving up 36.9% on 3-pointers and they rank 30th in the league in opponents PPG (118.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the Boston Celtics took a loss by a final score of 96-92 against the New York Knicks. The Celtics were able to corral 37 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 46 for this game. They turned the ball over 12 times, while recording 4 steals in this contest. The Knicks earned 17 fouls in the game which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for 15 attempts. They were able to convert 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 73.3%. With regard to shots from distance, Boston buried 11 of 41 tries (26.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Celtics shot 35 for 86 from the floor which had them shooting 40.7%. The Celtics allowed the Knicks to bury 34 of 79 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 43.0% in this contest. They finished 48.1% from distance by shooting 13 out of 27 and finished the contest at 15 out of 19 at the free throw line (78.9%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Boston allowed New York to collect 41 in total (4 on the offensive glass).
Romeo Langford was important for the Celtics for the contest. He buried 5 of 11 for this contest for a field goal rate of 45.5%, and had 4 rebounds. Langford racked up 14 points in his 34:08 minutes on the court and totaled 1 assist in the game. One more player that played a role for Boston was Grant Williams. He walked away with 2 assists in 25:36 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 5 of 8 from the floor. Williams walked away from this one going 62.5% from the floor in addition to totaling 13 points and 6 boards.
Boston has a record of 36-36 this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Celtics are connecting on 46.6% from the field, which is ranked 19th in the league. Boston has accumulated 8,109 pts on the season (112.6 per game) and they collect 44.3 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 23.5 times per contest (25th in the league) and they turn it over 14.1 times per contest. The Celtics have committed 20.4 fouls every game and they shoot 77.5% from the free throw line. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 11th in basketball in points allowed per game with 111.2. They are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the floor (14th in basketball). The Boston defense surrenders 37.4% on three-point shots (925 of 2,473) and their opponents are knocking down 78.5% of their foul shots. They relinquish 24.1 dimes and 42.5 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 9th and 6th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-1.5)
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