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Wizards at Celtics UNDER 233.0 points – PointsBet (2:06 PM CT)
Neither team is especially trendy toward the over/under, as the Wizards are 36-36 and the Celtics are 37-35 to the over. However, I think this game will have a playoff atmosphere, which makes me trend toward the under. Both teams are rested and prepared to face each other, which usually favors defenses. I think this season especially, unders will be a good play in the postseason. Teams were exhausted all year and were early to throw in the towel during the regular season. That should change in the playoffs.
Domantas Sabonis OVER 22.5 points (-105) vs. CHA – DraftKings (10:51 AM CT)
There's a chance the Pacers get Malcolm Brogdon back tonight, but even if that's the case, it doesn't sound like he'll be close to 100 percent. Either way, Sabonis will be the hub of the offense and should play an ultra-heavy minutes total in a win-or-go-home scenario.
Bradley Beal to score at least 32 points AND the Wizards beat BOS (+275) – DraftKings
Beal didn't shoot the ball well in his return Sunday, but he took 27 shots and got to the line seven times in the victory. Boston won't be a pushover – the Celtics are -2.0-point favorites – but slowing down Beal and Russell Westbrook will be a difficult task for a downtrodden team missing its second-most-important player. At this number, I like Beal's chances to lead the way as Washington clinches the No. 7 spot and a first-round showdown against Brooklyn.
Doug McDermott OVER 16.5 points (-125) vs. CHA – BetMGM (12:17 PM CT)
With Caris LeVert out for Tuesday's game, and Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon's statuses both in question, McDermott will likely have a larger role offensively for the Pacers. The forward has been playing well recently, scoring over 16 points in each of his team's last four games. McDermott also had arguably one of his best games of the season against the Hornets, where he dropped a season-high 28 points. Expect another solid performance, especially if Sabonis and Brogdon are unable to play.