Boston Celtics close to the top

Boston Celtics close to the top

The Boston Celtics meet with the Washington Wizards with aims of getting closer to the top spot of the Eastern Conference. This is not impossible though as the Celtics are just needs to win as many games they can to steal the top spot. The Wizards on the other hand is still fighting for their lives as the playoffs is getting nearer. They currently do not belong in the top 10 of their conference, which is why they have yet to qualify for the playoffs. Just like their opponents, they also need to win as many games if they want to achieve their goal. This meeting will be hosted by the Wizards on March 29, 2023, at 7:00 AM (GMT+8).

Prior to this match, these two teams already had two meetings in the regular season. From those two meetings, it was the visitors who has the momentum. The visitors have won their first two meetings, and are aiming for the same result here. These two teams are both from the Eastern Conference, but it is the visitors who is at the upper hand. The hosts are currently in the 11th in the East, and are still hopeful for play-in chances. The visitors on the other hand is currently at the second, but are still hoping for the top spot.

Boston Celtics

NBA: Boston Celtics
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The Celtics finally returned to winning ways, after their sudden slip to the third spot last week. This is after the recent decrease with their performance, which is why they suddenly went down to the third spot. Fortunately, they were able to pick themselves and return to the second spot. As they aim for the top spot, they are fortunate that they are now in a three-game winning run. In fact, they are from a dominating 137-93 win against the Spurs, which speaks about their readiness for the playoffs. Ever since Robert Williams III returned for them, they have been playing one of their best basketball. Additionally, aside from Tatum and Brown, other players also stepped up, thus, their success. Offensively, they are scoring 118.1 points per game, the third in the league, and fourth defensively, allowing 111.7 points.

Both Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown have been phenomenal for the Celtics, as they are scoring 30.1 and 27 points per game each. However, Payton Pritchard, and Danilo Gallinari both remains to be out for the Celtics.

Washington Wizards

NBA: Washington Wizards
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Although the Wizards are still aiming to enter the playoffs, it seems like it will be a tough journey for them. Due to the key injuries their team has, they continuously drop their games. In fact, they are coming in this game from a loss against the Raptors, their fifth loss in their last six games. It seems like they are limping to the finish coming into this game, so entering the playoffs is hard for them. Aside from the fact that they want to bounce back from their recent loss, they are also aiming to win against the Celtics. As they only have seven remaining matches, they are still hopeful to win as many games they can. In this way, they could enter the playoffs, and play in the play-in. They are the 22nd in offense having 112.9 points per game, and 16th in defense, allowing 113.8 points per game.

Bradley Beal, who leads the Wizards with 21.2 points per game, is out in this match due to his injury. With that, Kristaps Porzingis is expected to take charge for the Wizards, as he is their second leading scorer with 23 points per game. Aside from Beal, Kyle Kuzma is also unavailable in this game due to his injury. Daniel Grafford, and Monte Morris on the other hand are both questionable for this game.


Boston Celtics
Total Under: 113.5
Odds: 0.82

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