One more game. A win, and the Wizards secure at least the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, and with some luck, could vault to fifth by the end of the night.
After routing an undermanned Miami Heat team that couldn't careless what the outcome happened to be on Monday, the Wizards travel up north to Boston with the chance of ending the season on a four-game win streak. The Celtics, meanwhile, do have something on the line tonight. In the event that Brooklyn loses to Cleveland tonight and Washington wins, the Celtics draft pick (courtesy of the Nets) goes from 18th to 17th.
Where and when? 8 p.m. at the TD Bank Garden in Boston.
Who's out? For Boston, Jared Sullinger (sprained ankle), Kris Humphries (knee tendinitis), and Jerryd Bayless (sprained knee) are all expected to sit out. No word yet on whether Rajon Rondo will play, they might opt to sit him out. Washington is injury-free tonight.
What are they good at? Nothing, really. They're a middle-of-the-pack defensive unit, but still give up a lot of threes at a really high clip. They have a pair of great rebounders in Humphries and Sullinger, but both aren't expected to play. Other than that, nothing really stands out.
What are they bad at? Scoring. They're 27th in offensive rating, and don't have one credible threat to attack the rim on a given possession. Jeff Green is still one of the most frustrating players to watch. He shows flashes, but is never fully engaged, and often settles for poor jumpers. Same goes for Rondo, who still isn't completely there yet.
What other games should I be keeping track of tonight? Chicago-Charlotte tips off at 7 p.m. and Brooklyn-Cleveland is at 8 p.m.
Who's going to win? Hard not to pick the Wizards here. Ariza always finds a way to torch this team from three, and it will hopefully be a nice tune-up game right before the playoffs.