Wizards vs. Celtics Game 1 Pick
The second round of the NBA Playoffs get started today when the Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of their series at 1PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Boston is favored in Game 1, as the Celtics are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Wizards. The over/under total for the game is listed at 215 points. These two met four times this season and the home team won and covered the spread in all four games.
After falling behind in their series to the Chicago Bulls 2-0, the Celtics rallied to win four straight and take the series 4-2. They also covered the spread in four straight games in the series. Boston comes into this series 57-31 overall, 31-13 at home and 44-42-2 against the spread. Over their last five they are averaging 103.6 points per game and allowing just 94.6. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 23 points and 5.7 assists this postseason while Al Horford is putting up 15.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.
Washington defeated the Atlanta Hawks in six games, including the last two games of the series. The Wizards were 3-3 against the spread in the six games. Washington enters today’s game 53-35 overall, 20-24 on the road and 45-42-1 against the spread. The Wizards are averaging 105.2 points per game on offense while allowing 105.2 as well. John Wall is averaging 29.5 points and 10.3 assists in the postseason while Bradley Beal is putting up 25.8 points per game.
The Celtics have won four straight and playing with a lot of confidence entering this series. The home team has been able to dominate the games between these two this season, and I think that will be the case again tonight. Both teams had a quick turnaround to start this series, but the Wizards are having to travel for this game.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS -4.5