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Wizards vs. Celtics preview: Washington faces shorthanded squad in Boston

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NBA: Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Wednesday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
TV: ESPN
Win probability: Washington has a 28 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 25 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight. Keep in mind those percentages don’t factor in recent injuries.

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Out, Knee)

Celtics: Jayson Tatum (Probable, Back), Al Horford (Out, Illness), Kyrie Irving (Out, Knee), Marcus Smart (Out, Thumb), Jaylen Brown (Out, Concussion), Daniel Theis (Out, Knee), Gordon Hayward (Out, Ankle)

What to Watch for

Can Washington take advantage of Boston’s bad luck?

Thanks to a recent spate of injuries, the Celtics may only have ten players available for Wednesday’s game, and five of them would be rookies, including Kadeem Allen, who is on a two-way contract. Boston’s top two healthy scorers could be Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier. Even if Al Horford can play, the Celtics’ will face some serious depth issues.

Still, Washington can’t afford to treat the game like a cakewalk. The Celtics’ deep reserves will surely come out motivated to show what they’re worth in front of their home crowd and a national audience.

Washington took their foot off the gas against the Timberwolves and it cost them on Tuesday. They can’t afford to make the same mistake with a golden opportunity to pick up a win on the road against a great team in a compromised state.

A random moment in Wizards - Celtics history: MJ’s best ball fake

Some people do ball fakes so they can drive to the lane. Jordan did it just so he could humiliate people.