Oh jeez, just a couple of days left in the regular season. Which teams are trying? Who’s gonna rest?!? Where does the value lie?!?!?
Hopefully, we’ll be able to make today and tomorrow a profitable endeavor before the playoffs start. That’s when the real fun begins. — Mark Gallant
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BOSTON CELTICS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS (-7.5) | O/U: 205.5
8 p.m. ET | TNT
What I’m watching for: Boston’s just trying to survive at this point. The question is: What do the Wizards want? Do they want the No. 8 seed vs. the Raptors, whom they’ve beaten before? Do they want to try and move up to get Boston without Kyrie Irving? At this point, the Wizards just need a win to create a little bit of momentum. They’re a mess right now.
That said, I’m not going to lie. I can’t scout most of Boston’s team right now because I don’t remember how they looked in summer league. That’s probably a good indication to stay away. — Matt Moore
Metrics to know: The Wizards have lost four straight, including some embarrassing losses to Chicago and Atlanta. In that recent Atlanta game, they scored just 97.0 points per 100 possessions and dropped the contest by six at home. They were particularly atrocious at the rim, shooting just 38.1% in the restricted area; that’s one of the worst marks of the entire season. That said, that was without John Wall, who has been sitting out back-to-backs and games against nonplayoff teams. He’s gearing up for the playoff run, and he’s obviously very important to the Washington offense. When he’s been on the floor this season, the Wizards have shot 6.0% better at the rim and 2.2% better from behind the arc. Overall, they’ve been 5.4 points/100 better with him on the floor, which is a very significant difference. The Wiz should be trying to get up to the No. 7 seed to get Boston in the first round, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wall and Co. go hard in this one. — Bryan Mears