Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the Eastern Conference are clashing tonight, when the Boston Celtics (37-25), looking to end their current losing streak, are hosting the Washington Wizards (25-36), who on the other hand ended a losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 03-01-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -9
Boston Celtics have a 37-25 record (31-31 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Blazers with a 92-97 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.6 ppg, adding 4.8 boards and a team high 6.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16.3 ppg and 6.2 boards per game.
Washington Wizards have a 25-36 record (27-34 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a four-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Nets with a 125-116 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 25.7 ppg, adding 5 boards and 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by John Wall with 20.7 ppg and a team high 8.7 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Celtics won on the road with a 125-130 score in overtime. Celtics have a 23-9 home record, while the Wizards are 8-24 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 114 ppg to Celtics’ 112.2, while Celtics are better defensively, allowing 106.8 ppg to Wizards’ 117. Wizards have a better field goal percentage (47% to 46.3%), while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage (36.6% to 34.6%). Celtics are better in boards grabbed (44.9 to 41) and in turnovers committed (12.6 to 13.9), while Wizards are better in dimes made (26.7 to 26.1). Celtics are the absolute favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -9 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -9 (-107)
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