Most would assume that the Wizards would be inclined to lose their final home game of 2019, but it's not going to be as easy as it seems.
The Wizards host the Celtics Tuesday evening at Capital One Arena in their final regular season game of 2018-19.
Scott Brooks' squad have their sights set on the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery next month where they currently have a 37.2-percent chance to land a top-four pick in June's draft, as well as a nine-percent chance of landing the first selection after being eliminated from this year's postseason.
The Celtics on the other hand, have clinched the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and will duke it out with the No. 5 seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round of the postseason, a squad that has put up a spirited effort in the second half of the season after losing their star shooting guard Victor Oladipo to a season-ending ruptured quad on January 23.
The Celtics have had a whirlwind of a season to land in the fourth slot after being pegged as a title-favorite going into the new campaign in early-October.
With the series set and the team locked-in on the postseason, it would make sense for Brad Stevens to rest some of his marquee players in a meaningless game with no implication and avert any type of injury that could plague the team against Indiana
What most did not expect, is the amount that Stevens values his normal rotation and the number of players that he would give the night off to, in a nationally televised game.
With seven of the eight members of Boston's rotation being removed from the active roster for the clash in D.C., the Wizards now have one last challenge in their way before their season comes to an end. And that challenge is how they should go about approaching this game.
The Wizards have currently lost three in a row as well as eight of their last ten games in a lost season marred by injuries, roster moves, and ultimately the removal of their long-tenured general manager Ernie Grunfeld, as the franchise looks to move in a new direction and rejoin the the East's elite.
That leads to the question of which approach D.C. sees as the best option in their regular season finale:
Win the final game of the season against the Celtics and look to build off of the win in the next regime (hurting their draft lottery odds)
Take a similar approach to their opponent, rest their marquee names, and have their young guys take the floor in a nationally televised bout that could ultimately hurt their draft lottery odds.
That decision will fall on the shoulders of Scott Brooks and what route he decides his squad will take.
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