Boston Celtics (16-10) vs Washington Wizards (11-16)Date : 12/12/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards
The Boston Celtics will travel to Capital One arena in Washington, DC, to battle the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. After winning three in a row, the Wizards are back up to their losing ways as they have lost two straight games due to a 109 – 101 road loss to the Indiana Pacers in their last outing as Washington could not overcome a solid defensive performance for the Pacers as they shot 42% from the floor while being outrebounded by a 50 – 32 margin for the game.
On the other hand, the Boston Celtics continued their winning ways as they picked up a win over the New Orleans Pelicans at home by a 113 – 100 score as Marcus Morris along with Jayson Tatum led the way with 31 and 21 points, respectively, for Boston as Kyrie Irving along with Al Horford sat out with injury. The Celtics are only 2 – 5 against the spread in the last seven meetings at Capital One Arena while the over has been the play in 20 of the last 28 meetings amongst these two squads.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
The Boston Celtics won their sixth straight game as they were home winners over the New Orleans Pelicans in their last time out as Marcus Morris as well as Jayson Tatum led the offensive charge throughout the game. Jaylen Brown also went 4 – 7 from 3-point range while pumping in 19 points along with seven rebounds in the all-important win for Boston as the home team shot 49% on the night while nailing 12 of 39 3-point attempts. On the defensive end, Boston allowed only 44% shooting for the Pelicans on a night where Anthony Davis scored 41 points while going 7-34 from the field. Julius Randle also had 20 points along with 11 rebounds for the Pelicans in the loss, yet, the Celtics also dominated on the boards as they won the battle by a 51-39 margin as the Celtics have averaged 121 points during their six-game winning streak, overall.
Washington Wizards 's Latest Performance :
Washington is also dealing with injuries at the time as Dwight Howard will be out until February with a back injury while Otto Porter along with John Wall also been added to the injury list as they are dealing with knee along with heel injuries and are questionable for this matchup versus the Celtics on Wednesday night. With that being the case, Washington continues to struggle as they have lost two straight games due to their last defeat versus the Indiana Pacers on the road. As stated, the Wizards only shot barely over 40% for the game while making 10 three-pointers on the night as they were led by Bradley Beal, who scored 30 points on 10-27 shooting from the field along with 4-7 shooting from long-range while Kelly Oubre also pumped in 23 points as he went 9-14 from the floor while also collecting five rebounds.
On the defensive end, the Pacers were allowed to shoot over 50% for the game while also going 10-20 from long-range as Myles Turner led the team with 26 points and 12 rebounds while Brogdon Bogdanovich added 22 points along with seven rebounds in the win for Indiana as the Pacers possessed six double-digit scores for the game. The Pacers also collected 29 assists on the night and were able to beat the Wizards despite having 21 turnovers.
In all, Washington will look for answers on the offensive end as they prepare to battle a Celtics squad that will possibly be a bit shorthanded due to the loss of Irving and Horford to injury. Nonetheless, Washington will be looking to right their ship before they slide into yet another losing streak that could be reminiscent of their terrible play earlier in the season.
How Boston Celtics & Washington Wizards Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Boston is 13 – 13 ATS while the OU is 14 – 12
Washington is 11 – 16 ATS while the OU is 16 – 11
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be a gut check game for both teams as the Celtics may be without Kyrie Irving along with Al Horford for this matchup vs the Wizards, as stated. On the other hand, the Wizards may well be without John Wall along with Otto Porter for this matchup versus a Celtics team that will look to extend their current momentum by picking up the victory over a Washington Wizards team that continues to battle inconsistency. Nonetheless, expect this to be an exciting and interesting matchup in that I will be curious to see who will step up for the Celtics if indeed Irving and Horford do not suit up. On the other hand, it will also be interesting to see if Bradley Beal can continue to lead this team in absence of John Wall.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Boston Celtics
My reason for the pick :
To answer my earlier question, I have no doubt that Bradley Beal will not be able to lead this Washington Wizards team to a win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night due to their lingering inconsistency on the offensive end along with an inability to play solid, team defense on a nightly basis. Boston, on the other hand, comes into this matchup with loads of confidence after picking up their sixth straight win and will certainly like to continue their streak versus a Washington team that is allowing teams to score 116 points per outing in 2018. Look for this to be a lower scoring matchup, yet one to where the road team will certainly succeed in the end in picking up a convincing victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the under in this matchup as I happen to believe that Irving and Horford will not be in the lineup for Boston, thus, affecting their overall offensive efficiency. On the other hand, with Wall and Porter possibly not suiting up for Washington, either, also look for the offensive production for the Wizards to also be a bit off. With that being the case, the under will indeed be the strong pick in this matchup as I see both defenses hunkering down in which to neutralize the opponent’s offense in what will be a very competitive matchup.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Washington Wizards :
- Over is 5-0 in Wizards last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Over is 6-1 in Wizards last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.