In a matchup of Eastern Conference foes, the Washington Wizards (9-41) travel to Boston to take on the Celtics (39-12). The Celtics are currently on a two-game winning streak and are favored by 16.5 points over the Wizards, who have lost four in a row.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 ET at TD Garden and can be seen on NBCS.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS BOSTON CELTICS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Wizards +16.5
This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 ET on Friday, February 9th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-106 in favor of the Celtics.
- Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.5% and knocking down 17 threes.
Can the Wizards Grab a Win on the Road?
Washington is 9-41 this season and are currently on a four-game losing streak. They are 14th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Southeast Division.
As the underdog, Washington has gone 9-38 this season and are 23-23 ATS as the underdog. Today, they are 16.5-point underdogs and have gone 16-9 ATS on the road this season.
The Wizards’ O/U record for the season is 23-27, and their games have averaged 238.4 points per game. In non-conference games, they are 3-12 and 6-19 on the road.
In their last game, the Wizards lost to the Cavaliers by a score of 114-106. They were 11.5-point underdogs in that game and covered the spread. The O/U line for that game was 234.5.
Heading into their game against the Celtics, the Wizards are averaging 114.5 points per game, which is 18th in the league. On the road, they are scoring 114.8 points per game.
So far this season, the Wizards have outscored the NBA scoring average in 50% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Washington is shooting 47% from the field, which is 16th in the NBA.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Wizards are 27th in the league at 34%. In terms of pace, Washington leads the NBA at 102.3 possessions per game.
On defense, the Wizards are ranked 29th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 70.0% of their games. Inside the arc, the Wizards defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 56.7% and 37.3% from three-point territory.
Can Boston Pull Off a Home Win?
The Celtics are currently on a two-game winning streak and are 39-12 overall, which is the best record in the Eastern Conference. In their last game, they beat the Hawks by a score of 125-117, and the O/U line for that game was 245.5.
Boston’s ATS record for the season is 23-26, and they are 13-13 against the spread at home. As the favorite, they are 21-25 vs. the spread and have been favored in 37 of their 48 wins.
This season, the Celtics have an O/U record of 25-26, and their games have averaged a combined 231.2 points. Today’s O/U line of 238.5 is higher than 38 of their previous games.
Looking at their performance vs. the spread, the Celtics have covered in two straight road games and are 10-13 ATS on the road. At home, their ATS record is 13-13.
In their last two games, the Celtics have been favored by an average of 14.25 points per game. Today, they are favored by 16.5 points against the Wizards.
When it comes to scoring, the Celtics are one of the most potent teams in the league, averaging 120.4 points per game (5th). At home, they have been even better, averaging 121.7 points per game.
In terms of pace, Boston is 15th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 13th at 47%.
One area where the Celtics have excelled is three-point shooting. They lead the league in three-pointers made per game at 16.3. Overall, they are shooting 37% from beyond the arc.
Not only do the Celtics’ overall defensive numbers look good, as they are 6th in the league in points allowed. Boston has also been playing well on defense of late, ranking 21st in the league over their last three games at 107.3 PPG allowed. Boston’s defense is currently forcing 12 turnovers per game, which is 7th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 2nd in blocked shots, with an average of 6.6 rejections per game.