The Boston Celtics will host the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on Wednesday.
The Celtics (46-21) remain one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference, but they are coming off a frustrating two-point loss against the Indiana Pacers (97-99) the last time out. Despite that, they remain heavily alive in the race for home-field advantage in the East now that they have secured a playoff berth, and the numbers back them up since they have won four of their last six contests. This game against the Wizards will end a short two-game homestand for the C's, who might not have Kyrie Irving since the All-Star point guard has been dealing with a knee injury. Boston has been very good at home this season with a 23-12 impressive record at TD Garden. Will they manage to continue that impressive run with another solid showing against another playoff contender in the East?
The Wizards (38-30) are coming off a disappointing 116-111 defeat against the Minnesota Timberwolves where they surrendered a big lead in the fourth quarter. As a result, Washington now have lost their past two games, and have actually dropped four of their last six games. They can find some comfort in the fact that this game against the Celtics will be a one-and-one on the road, where they have a 19-15 mark. The Wizards have been forced to play without John Wall, but players such as Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris have managed to stand out above the rest, but at times it hasn't been enough and the Wizards currently sit fifth in the East. Can they make a push playing against one of the best teams in the entire Association?
This will be the third meeting between both clubs. The season-series is at 1-1.