Celtics vs. Wizards Prediction
Can the Washington Wizards be able to fend off the Boston Celtics when the two meet up at home tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Celtics are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Wizards. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 215 points. Boston has won and covered the spread in four straight meetings with the Wizards, including two games in Washington.
Boston is coming off a 123-107 loss at home to Denver on Sunday. The Celtics are 3-3 on the year and 3-3 against the spread. They are 2-1 against the spread on the road as well. Boston is putting up an impressive 110.2 points per game thus far, which ranks fourth in the NBA, but the defense is giving up 111.8 points per contest. Boston comes into this game banged up as both Jae Crowder (ankle) and Al Horford (head) are both out. The two combine to average 25.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.
Washington is off to a very slow start to the season, losing 114-106 to Houston on Monday to drop to 1-5 on the season. They are also just 2-4 against the spread and 1-2 ATS at home. Washington is giving up 105.5 points per game on defense and the offense is struggling to only 98.7 points per game. That currently puts their offense at 22nd in the NBA. They rank among the worst in the league in field goal percentage (43.8%) and 3-point percentage (29.4%)
Boston is without some key components and it has shown in recent games, as they have lost their last two games by a combined 22 points. They have given up an average of 125.5 points in those games. Washington comes in healthy and still looks like it should be a good team on paper, the Wizards just haven’t hit their stride yet. Look for them to hold serve tonight at home.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON WIZARDS +1