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Sunday, 07 April 2013 20:58

Game Preview: Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics; Both KG and Pierce will play

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Washington Wizards (29-47, 7-30 Away) @ Boston Celtics (39-37, 26-12 Home)

TD Garden, 6:00 PM EST

Officials: Jason Phillips, Scott Twardoski, Leon Wood

Line: Boston -4.5, Over/Under = 199.5

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The Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards on this Sunday night at 6:00 PM EST. The Celtics enter the game on the heels of a Friday night loss at the hands of Cleveland. The Wizards enter the game after beating Indiana last night. The two teams have met twice this season, with both games ending in favor of the Celtics. Both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will be active for tonight's game.

 
PROBABLE STARTERS

 

Washington Wizards

PG: John Wall

SG: Garrett Temple

SF: Martell Webster

PF: Nene

C: Emeka Okafor

 

Boston Celtics

PG: Avery Bradley

SG: Paul Pierce

SF: Jeff Green

PF: Brandon Bass

PF: Kevin Garnett

 
INJURIES

Bradley Beal, OUT (Ankle)

LeAndro Barbosa, OUT (Knee)

 

Rajon Rondo, OUT (Knee)

Jared Sullinger, OUT (Back)

 
WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Kevin Garnett will be returning to line up for the first time since suffering an ankle injury on March 22.

Paul Pierce will also be back in action after missing Friday's contest with an injured ankle.

This will be the first time Jordan Crawford will play against his former team, the Washington Wizards. He was traded in exchange for LeAndro Barbosa and Jason Collins at the trade deadline.

John Wall has played incredibly recently, averaging 27.0 points per game over the last two weeks.

 

NOTES

The Wizards and Celtics have not met since teams have not met since November 7th.

Boston Celtics: Pace: 91.7 (16th), Off Rtg: 102.6 (25th), Def Rtg: 102.9 (7th)

Washington Wizards: Pace: 92.0 (15th), Off Rtg: 100.1 (30th), Def Rtg: 102.3 (4th)

 
PREDICTION

The Celtics should have an easy time winning tonight's contest as both Garnett and Pierce will be back in the line up. The Wizards have struggled on the road all season, and there have no reason that will change tonight.

Boston Celtics 101, Washington Wizards 94

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