Wizards vs. Celtics Prediction
Following their collapse last night in Toronto, will the Celtics cover against the Wizards tonight at 8:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Celtics are 5.5-point favorites versus the Wizards while the over/under is sitting at 216 points. As of this writing, the point spread hasn't shifted off of the 5.5-point opening number, but the total has been bet down slightly from 216.5 down to 216.
John Wall scored 26 points with six rebounds, 14 assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's 101-99 win over the Bulls on Tuesday. He was 11-of-21 from the field and also hit the game-winning shot with five seconds remaining on the clock in a brilliant performance. He now has three double-doubles in his last five games and is healthy, which is huge for the Wizards. Bradley Beal also scored 19 points while playing through a sore ankle.
Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points on 8-of-19 shots, with three 3-pointers and was 8-of-9 from the free throw line as the Celtics collapsed in the fourth quarter against the Raptors. Marcus Smart started in place of Avery Bradley (achilles) scored 16 points with four rebounds, five assists, four steals and a blocked shot in 38 minutes.
OUR PREDICTION: With both teams playing on back-to-back nights, I like the Celtics to rebound. The Wizards are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against the Celtics, are 2-5 against the number in their last seven road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, and are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games playing on no rest. The Celtics, meanwhile, are 39-17-1 against the spread in their last 57 games playing on back-to-back nights and are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games coming off a loss.
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