Will Bradley Beal & Kemba Walker Play Tonight? Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/14/2021, 4:45 AM EST
Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

It is a matchup that tells a tale of contrasting fortunes as the bottom-feeders Washington Wizards welcome the high-flying Boston Celtics in their home arena. While the Celtics lie at a respectable 4th place in the Eastern Conference Standings with a 13-12 record, the Wizards’ miserable season sees them with the worst record in the NBA currently (6-17).


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Date & Time: February 14, 2021, 1pm ET

Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington DC


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Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) congratulates guard Jaylen Brown (7) after a dunk during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Washington Wizards

It has gone downhill for the Wizards ever since the Westbrook-Wall trade. Aside from his scintillating performance against the Brooklyn Nets, he has looked past his best. Though, their defense is to blame for much of that as well.

Bradley Beal, leading the league in points per game this season (32.), sat out their defeat to the New York Knicks. It wasn’t an injury concern as they merely rested him. Or maybe perhaps there is something cooking in the background as he is heavily rumored to be traded away from the Wizards.

But, until something materializes, he will continue to don their jersey and most likely return to salvage some pride against the Celtics.

Bradley Beal is on pace to start in the All-Star Game for the first time 🙏

The Wizards star deserves his flowers his season. pic.twitter.com/seCUzpt28q

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 13, 2021

Starting 5 for the Washington Wizards

Guard – Russell Westbrook

Guard – Bradley Beal

Center – Alex Len

Forward – Davis Bertans

Forward – Rui Hachimura

Preview | Boston Celtics

The Celtics find themselves in a mini-slump of their own. They have lost six of their nine previous NBA games. Between Injuries, COVID protocols, and Kemba Walker‘s poor form, their journey to the top of the Eastern Conference Table has been derailed.

The former Charlotte Hornets guard played no part in their defeat to the Detroit Pistons. However, he will take to the court alongside Semi Ojeleye, who left the game mid-way because of a knock. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be the key players for them once again.

Feb 5, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with forward Semi Ojeleye (37) and guard Jeff Teague (55) in the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center.The Celtics defeated the Clippers 119-115. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for the Boston Celtics

Guard – Kemba Walker

Guard – Jaylen Brown

Center – Daniel Theis

Forward – Semi Ojeleye


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Forward – Jayson Tatum

Pick | Boston Celtics

It is hard to not acknowledge the Greens as the overwhelming favorites for this encounter. After losing against the Pistons, this is the perfect opportunity for them to bounce back. And they should do so at the expense of a struggling Wizards outfit.


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