NHL and NBA playoff action are on deck this Tuesday as greater stakes lead to juicier payouts. Below we’ll be taking a look at two postseason matchups you can bet online on. First up is the Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics pairing, an NBA play-in tournament where both sides are fighting for the final spot in the playoffs à la Wild Card. Afterwards, we’ll dive into Game 2 of the Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights first-round series.
Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics – Tuesday
When: 9 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Odds: Washington Wizards +110 || Boston Celtics -130
We’ve got a clean slate heading into tomorrow night’s matchup with the Wizards at TD Garden. pic.twitter.com/l0uAyLdBqp
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 17, 2021
The NBA’s postseason action kicks off this Tuesday night as the Indiana Pacers take on the Charlotte Hornets for the right to face the winner of the Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics play-in contest — and that’s just in the Eastern Conference. Boston will play host this Tuesday as they prepare to face off against the Wizards for the fourth time this year.
So far, the Celtics have gotten the better of Washington 2-1 and will be looking to step over the Wizards as they punch in their first-round ticket. Tonight’s NBA moneyline odds are anticipating this outcome as they’ve gone ahead and pegged Boston a slight straight-up favorite.
However, the Wizards are the better pick here. They’re 4-2 in their last six and enter on a two-game win streak, including their recent 115-110 win over the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics on the other hand, lost their last game of the regular season, are 1-5 in their last six and their star Bradley Beal is still nursing a hamstring injury he suffered last week. Robert Williams III remains a game-time decision for Boston as well, further complicating matters for the home team in this play-in tournament.
Bettors can expect Washington to use their better offense to create a lead over the Celtics. The Wizards finished this year’s action as the 3rd best scoring team in the league while Boston finished 16th in that department. Defense may win championships but this Tuesday Washington’s offense will win them this play-in tourney.
Pick: Washington Wizards +110
Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights – Tuesday
When: 10 p.m. ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
NHL Team Totals Odds: Vegas Golden Knights: 2½ (-160) OVER || 2½ (+120) UNDER
Ready for Game 2 👊
— x – Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) May 18, 2021
The NHL playoffs continue this Tuesday night with Game 2 of the Minnesota Wild vs Vegas Golden Knights First Round series. The Golden Knights came up short in Game 1 despite playing at home. It was a narrow win but Minnesota’s defense was the real talking point of the night, particularly their goaltender Cam Talbot. Talbot stopped all 42 shots he faced and improved to 7-4-2 in 13 starts against Vegas. If Talbot is able to tap into that magic once again, the Wild could get an early 2-0 lead over Vegas.
Considering how Game 1 turned out, the NHL team’s totals line really jumps off the page. Set at 2½ for Vegas, the under odds of +120 seem well within reach. Coupled with the above-listed prediction, you could rake in close to +360 value. In the NBA we’re taking offense to win but when it comes to playoff hockey, we’re sticking with the defense.