In this high caliber Eastern duel, the second and the fifth best squads of the conference are clashing, when the Boston Celtics (46-21), are hosting the Washington Wizards (38-29), with both teams playing without their All-Star point guards today and looking to bounce back after their latest defeats. Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-14-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics 0
Celtics have a 46-21 record (40-25-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Pacers with a 97-99 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 24.4 ppg, adding a team high 5.1 assists per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 14.1 ppg and 5.2 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 12.9 ppg, 4.9 assists and a team high 7.5 rebounds per game.
Wizards have a 38-29 record (32-34-1 against the spread) so far this season. Washington currently sits in 5th place of the Eastern Conference. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Timberwolves with a 111-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 23.2 ppg. Beal adds 4.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He is followed by John Wall with 19.4 ppg and a team high 9.3 assists per game but he is out with an injury.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season, each team won on the road (Wizards by 8 points and Celtics by 6 in overtime). Celtics are 23-12 at home so far this season. While Wizards are 19-15 on the road. The Wizards are better offensively, scoring 107.2 ppg to Celtics’ 104.4. Boston additionally is the better defensive squad. The Celts allow a second-best 100.2 ppg to Wizards’ 105.9. Wizards have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 468% to Celtics’ 45.1%, while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.31% and 37.28%. Celtics are better in rebounding (44.3 to 43), while Wizards are better in assists made (24.8 to 22.5). Celtics will also miss Marcus Smart in this game and Wizards have been doing very well even without John Wall in their lineup, so pick them for the road win today.
Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Washington Wizards 0 (-108)
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