The NBA’s top shooting defense will be a 1.5-point underdog on the road at Capital One Arena, when the Boston Celtics (39-16) go head-to-head with the Washington Wizards (31-23). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 205 points and it is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Betting Odds
Both teams lost in their last matchup. The Wizards lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-102, while the Celtics got blown out by the Toronto Raptors, 111-91.
Boston held Toronto to an offensive rebounding percentage of 14.7 (below their season average of 23.7) while Washington had a much better turnover percentage (9.8 vs. 16.2). Washington received a boost from Bradley Beal, who contributed 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Terry Rozier, meanwhile had a solid performance for Boston, contributing 18 points and five rebounds.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Boston should have a substantial advantage. The Celtics defense ranks first in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.485), while the Washington offense is ranked 12th in effective field goal percentage (0.524).
Just over half of the Celtics’ games have finished under the O/U total. Boston heads into the game with records of 39-16 straight up (SU) and 32-20-3 against the spread (ATS).
Much like Boston, just over half of Wizards games have finished under the projected point total. Further, Washington owns records of 31-23 SU and 25-29 ATS.
The Celtics’ Rozier has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Meanwhile, Otto Porter Jr. has averaged 18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals during that same time frame for the Wizards.
In their first matchup this year, John Wall led the Wizards to a 111-103 victory. He notched a double-double with 21 points and 14 assists. The two teams combined for 214 points, which was over the projected point total of 208.5, and Washington covered as a 4-point underdog. The Wizards’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Celtics. Washington had a rate of 7.1, while Boston posted a mark of 15.3.
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards ATS Pick
Free NBA Tip: SU Winner – Celtics, ATS Winner – Celtics, O/U – Under
The Wizards rank 23rd in points in the paint per game (42.2) while the Celtics rank 29th (38.9).
Washington ranks sixth in points off turnovers per game (17.9) while Boston ranks 27th (14.2).
The Wizards rank 13th in fast break points per game (11.6) while the Celtics rank 25th (9.6).
Boston averages 31.5 three pointers per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Washington ranks 17th in three pointers allowed per game (29.6).
Boston averages 44.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 11th in the league. Washington ranks 18th in rebounds allowed per game (43.2).
The Celtics rank ninth in second chance points allowed per game (11.5) while the Wizards rank 29th (13.9).
The Celtics rank third in steals allowed per game (6.9) while the Wizards rank 10th (7.5).
Washington ranks fifth in assists per game (24.0) while Boston ranks 19th (22.2).
Washington is 15-2 when they allow below 100 points, while Boston is 26-2.
In games where they score more than 100 points, the Celtics are 28-7 and the Wizards are 28-12.
Boston is 17-9 ATS on the road, while Washington is 10-16 ATS at home.
Of the Celtics’ 26 road games, they have 14 unders and 12 overs.
The Wizards have 13 overs, 11 unders and 2 pushes in 26 home games.
The Wizards are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Celtics are 3-1-1.
In their last five games, Washington has 3 overs and 2 unders, while Boston has 3 unders and 2 overs.
During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 110.4 points per game (3.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 106.0 points per game (0.4 above their season average).
The Celtics’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.2, down from 4.3 for the season.