When: Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Win Probability: Washington has a 48 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 49 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Day-to-Day, Concussion)
Celtics: Guerschon Yabusele (Day-to-Day, Knee), Marcus Smart (Out, Thumb), Daniel Theis (Out, Knee), Kyrie Irving (Out Knee), Gordon Hayward (Out, Ankle)
What to Watch For
A potential peek at the first round of the playoffs
The Wizards are sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and would play the Toronto Raptors if the season ended now. However, there’s still hope they can jump back to the seventh seed and face the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season. Washington sits one game behind the Milwaukee Bucks and would have to win out as well as have the Bucks lose one game to move to seventh and face the Celtics.
The Wizards currently lead the regular season series 2-1 thanks to their double-overtime win in Boston last month. The double OT victory sounds great and all, until you see who didn’t suit up for Boston. The Celtics were missing Irving, Smart, Theis, Al Horford and Jaylen Brown. Despite that, the Wizards needed a late three by Jodie Meeks to force overtime and caught a lucky break when Jayson Tatum missed a free throw that could have won the game for Boston in the first overtime.
Brown and Horford will be back in the lineup for the Celtics this time around, but John Wall will be back in the lineup for the Wizards. He hasn’t played since Thursday’s loss to the Cavaliers, so he should be well rested for the Wizards’ final home game of the regular season.