March 12th, 2018
If the Boston Celtics want to grab that No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference Finals, they’ve got some work to do. Boston (46-21 SU, 40-25-2 ATS) find themselves 3.5 games back in the Eastern standings, and they’ve got a difficult matchup this Wednesday against the No. 5 Washington Wizards (38-29 SU, 32-34-1 ATS), tipping off from the TD Garden at 8 PM ET on ESPN.
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The Celtics have done their best to keep up with the first-place Toronto Raptors, winning six of their last eight games straight up and against the spread, but they’re still losing ground in the East. They could also be without their best player on Wednesday; point guard Kyrie Irving missed the second half of Sunday’s 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers (+5 away) with a sore left knee that’s been bothering him for a while.
Washington has been without their superstar point guard for over six weeks, also because of a left knee injury. John Wall hasn’t played since January 25 after undergoing surgery, although he could return any time now; the Wizards are 12-7 SU and 12-6-1 ATS since Wall went under the knife, but only 2-4 SU and 2-3-1 ATS in their past six games.
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