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Pick against the spread, best player prop for Wizards vs. Celtics in play-in tournament

We go over some of the best betting options for the NBA play-in tournament matchup between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

Is Washington going to upset Boston?

The second game of an Eastern Conference doubleheader will feature the Washington Wizards traveling to take on the Boston Celtics in the play-in tournament on Tuesday, May 18th. The winner will be the No. 7 seed in the NBA playoffs to face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, while the loser will place the winner of the Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers game for the eighth spot to face the Philadelphia 76ers.

Below is a betting preview with out pick against the spread to go along with a player prop worth looking at. All odds are via DraftKings Sportsbook.

Update: Here are updated betting splits for Wizard-Celtic via DraftKings Sportsbook.

WAS-BOS Betting Splits

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
WAS Wizards +2 70% 64% Over 232.5 36% 43% +107 68% 69%
BOS Celtics -2 30% 36% Under 232.5 64% 57% -129 32% 31%

Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics, 9 p.m. ET, TNT

Pick ATS: Wizards +2

The Celtics have fallen off since the season-ending injury to Jaylen Brown, leaving not much of a reason to pick them with much confidence on Tuesday night. Since he went down, Boston is 2-5 straight up, while the Wizards have covered spreads at a high race including 15-4-1 in their last 20 games. There’s no doubt Washington is playing better basketball right now, and we’re going with the underdogs to cover and win outright on the road.

Player Prop: Jayson Tatum U32.5 points (-118)

Plenty of money will be on the over for Jayson Tatum’s point total due to Brown’s injury, but it’s not like he has taken advantage of more scoring opportunities. Tatum averages 26.4 points per game this season, and he played in six games since Brown’s injury. In that span, he is averaging just 25.5 points per game and went over 32.5 one time. The under is a solid play here.

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