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NBA 2018-19: Predicted Starting Lineups and Match Prediction - Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics

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187   //    02 Mar 2019, 00:04 IST

Kyrie Irving is starting to get restless with all these losses
Kyrie Irving is starting to get restless with all these losses

The Boston Celtics will square off against the Washington Wizards, looking to end their four-game skid. This will be their second game this season and the Celtics currently lead 1-0.

Match Details:

When: Mar 2nd, 2019 6:30 AM IST

Where: TD Garden, Boston


The Boston Celtics' perspective

Jayson Tatum needs to step up his game
Jayson Tatum needs to step up his game

The Boston Celtics entered the season with so many hopes and all of it were dashed as they continue to lose games. With the regular season almost coming towards the end, they need to really get their act together before it's too late.

The way they have been performing, don't be surprised if they find themselves just fighting for a playoffs spot, few weeks later. At 37-25, they are at the fifth spot in East and even though there is sizeable gap between them and the Brooklyn Nets, who are the sixth spot, things can get really ugly towards the end of the season with several teams making playoffs push.

The upcoming schedule is also not kind to them and is doing no favors as they have games against teams like Houston, Golden State just after this game.

The predicted Boston Celtics' starting line-up:

Marcus Morris Sr. (F), Jayson Tatum (F), Al Harford (C), Kyrie Irving (G) and Marcus Smart (G)


The Washington Wizards' perspective

Bradley Beal is averaging career-high numbers this year
Bradley Beal is averaging career-high numbers this year
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The Washington Wizards are having one of their worst seasons as a team and are expected to miss the playoffs. Their franchise player, John Wall's season came to an end very early because of a heel surgery.

The Wizards are not the same team without Wall but that did not stop Bradley Beal from showing why he is one of the best shooting guards in the league as he has been posting ridiculous numbers all season long.

Beal is also averaging career-high numbers and has been on a tear right now and is averaging 34.1 points in his last six games. He led the teams in scoring in all those six games but the Wizards have only managed to win two of those.

The predicted Washington Wizards' starting line-up:

Bobby Portis (F), Trevor Ariza (F), Jeff Green (F), Bradley Beal (G) and Tomas Satoransky (G)


How things might unfold

The Celtics will enter this game as the favorites and will also be looking to come out of the four-game slump. The Wizards have the required talent to hand the Celtics a defeat but I don't see that happening with Celtics playing in Boston and with enormous amount of pressure on them.


Prediction

Boston Celtics to beat the Washington Wizards

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