Date: 19 May 2021
Time: 6:30 AM (IST)
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
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Preview: Boston Celtics and Washington Wizard will go head to head at TD Garden to fight for 7th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Celtics are 20-22 versus teams from the Eastern Conference. When outrebounding rivals, Boston is 25-14 and averages 44.2 rebounds a game.
Wizards are coming off a win against Hornets(115-110) on Sunday and will look to continue the momentum. On another side, the Celtics are trying to make it through the postseason for the 7th straight year.
Celtics will miss the services of Marcus Smart(calf issue), Evan Fournier(Knee problem), Tristan Thompson, Jayson Tatum(ankle injury). At the same time, Jaylon Brown has been out for the season.
For Warriors, Deni Avdija and Thomas Bryant are out of the season with long-term issues, while Raul Neto deals with some hamstring problem.
Russell Westbrook, the league's all-time leader in triple-doubles with 184, had his 38th of the season against the Charlotte Hornets, with 23 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists. He will look forward to replicating the same performance against the Celtics.
Jayson Tatum, the best player for the Celtics, will have to perform extraordinarily to book the 7th straight postseason for Boston. He already had a 60 point performance this season when he single-handedly made a comeback for Boston against San Antonio Spurs.
Probable starting 5:
Boston Celtics: Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Evan Fournier, Jayson Tatum, Tristan Thompson
Washington Warriors: Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura, Alex Len
Point Guard: Kemba Walker, Russell Westbrook
Shooting Guard: Bradley Beal, Marcus Smart
Small Forward: Jaylen Brown
Power Forward: Davis Bertans, Jayson Tatum
Center: Tristian Thompson, Robert Williams
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