While we were all captured by the national championship game between Gonzaga and Baylor, the Washington Wizards were embarrassing themselves. Washington led by as many as 19 points in the second half, but then missed 13 consecutive 3-pointers, which allowed Toronto to get back into the game. The Raptors were without both Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry, but it did not matter as they kept the under on their win total at bay with another win.
In other news, James Harden left after just four minutes in the Nets’ win over the Knicks on Monday. Harden was back after missing two games with the injury, but he aggravated it early and will likely be sidelined for the foreseeable future. My concession speech on the MVP race might be coming at some point this week.
Updated odds for every game can be found here.
Updated injury reports for every game can be found here.
*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back.
The Main Event
Philadelphia 76ers (-1, 223) at Boston Celtics
Is there a chance that Boston has started to turn things around? The Celtics have won and covered their last two games, and in their last seven they have a 4-3 SU/5-2 ATS record. Their defense has started to show up: Boston allowed those seven opponents to average just 107.5 points every 100 possessions and as a result the team has + 8.5 net rating over this stretch. Their last two opponents were Houston and injury-riddled Charlotte, so it might be too quick to call this a real turnaround. However, a win over Joel Embiid and the 76ers would bring some credibility to this run.