Boston (50-31) lost a crucial game to Milwaukee on Thursday, a loss that left the Celtics sitting one game back of the No. 2 seed Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings. Through a web of tiebreaker scenarios, the Celtics could still claim the two-seed in the East with a win and a Bucks loss to the Cavs this afternoon.
Memphis (56-25) has long clinched the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and effectively have nothing to play for in tonight’s finale. The team is coming off a 141-114 blowout of the Pelicans last night, a game where All-Star guard Ja Morant returned from a nine-game hiatus due to a knee injury. He returned to form with 21 points and nine assists in the win.
Boston enters the contest as a 5.5-point favorite courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. The total currently sits at 225.
Celtics vs. Grizzlies, 7:00 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Celtics -5.5
This is an easy choice as the Celtics still have a potential higher seed to play for tonight. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are already locked into their playoff spot and are on the backend of a back-to-back. It’s highly unlikely we’ll see much of their starters, so lay it with Boston.
Over/Under: Under 225
Both teams may decide to downshift as the game goes on, making the under a favorable play here.
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