Wizards vs. Celtics NBA Playoff Odds: Celtics Slightly Favored in Play-In Tournament

Kyle Newman
Tue, May 18, 11:23 AM EDT

Wizards vs. Celtics NBA Playoff Odds: Celtics Slightly Favored in Play-In Tournament

The Celtics and Wizards are a tale of two teams. One playing some of their worst basketball of the season and dealing with injury concerns, in Boston. The other, Washington, a red hot team just getting healthy. Yet, somehow, the Wizards vs. Celtics odds favor Boston.

The Washington Wizards have been playing great basketball lately. They’ve gone 15-5 over their last 20 and are just getting healthy with Bradley Beal potentially returning to the lineup. Meanwhile the Celtics will be without Jaylen Brown and have lost 5 of their last 6 heading into this game. Still, It’s not beyond Jayson Tatum to play the Celtics into a win here. The same can be said of Russell Westbrook and the Wizards.

Of course, the x-factor here could be playoff experience. The Celtics have found recent playoff success. They’ve made it to the Eastern Conference Finals in three of the last four seasons. The same can’t be said for the Wizards. Washington hasn’t made the playoffs since 2018. Sure, star Russell Westbrook has playoff experience in spades, but the rest of the roster lacks in that regard. That could play a role in a one game play-in.

Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Odds

The Celtics come into the game with -116 odds, or an implied 53.7% chance to win the game. Meanwhile, the Wizards are given +105 odds, or an implied 48.8% chance to pull off this upset. This is the closest play-in game according to oddsmakers. Point spreads range from Celtics -2.5/Wizards +2.5 to Wizards -0.5/Celtics +0.5.

Boston won the season series here and has home court advantage. That seems to be the only reason the Celtics are currently favored to win this matchup. There are some telling trends from that season series.

First, Bradley Beal absolutely dominated the Celtics. In their 3 games this season, Beal averaged 40.7 points per game. However, Russell Westbrook has struggled mightily in those games averaging 16.3 points per game, 8 rebounds per game, and 7.7 assists per game. All of those numbers are significantly below his season averages.

On the other side, Jayson Tatum averaged 23 points per game, including a 6 point performance, against the Wizards this year. Jaylon Brown, who won’t play on Tuesday, averaged 26 per game against the Wizards.

It’s pretty easy to see why oddsmakers believe this game is more or less a tossup with Beal admittedly not at 100%.

Team

Odds

Implied chance

Boston Celtics

-116

53.7%

Washington Wizards

+105

48.8%

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