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Celtics vs Wizards NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards
- Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
- Date: Tuesday, March 28th
- Betting Odds WAS +11, BOS -603 | WAS +436 O/U 227.5
So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 52-23, while going 39-34-2 vs the spread. The Celtics entered today’s game having picked up 3 straight wins. They have won these games by an average of 30.67 points.
In their previous game, the Celtics took down the Spurs by a score of 137-93. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 17 point favorites. Boston was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Spurs to cut into their 10 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Jaylen Brown, as he contributed 41 points while hitting 62.1% of his shots.
So far, the Wizards have put together an overall record of 33-42, while going 33-40-2 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Washington is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
Washington is trying to bounce back from a 114-104 loss to the Raptors. Going into this game, the team was 9 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Washington got off to a slow start, trailing by 17 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kristaps Porzingis, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 52.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Celtics picked up the 112-94 win over the Wizards. The Celtics point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 9.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Celtics have a record of 2-0 vs the Wizards. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Celtics averaged 119.75 points per game vs Washington, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Celtics saw a boost in scoring, the Wizards averaged 105.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Boston. This figure was similar to season-long average. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Celtics have averaged 122 points per game compared to 103 for Washington. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Boston. Boston and Washington averaged a combined 225 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Boston offense is the 3rd ranked unit in the NBA, at 118.1 points per contest. So far, the Celtics are averaging 99.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. One thing to keep an eye on is if the Celtics will be able to maintain their current level of scoring. Not only does the team tend to play a slower style of basketball, but they are just 29th in shots made inside the arc.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Celtics are giving up an average of 104.48 points per game, good for 1st in the NBA.
This season, the Celtics offense has primarily worked through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 69 games, Tatum is 6th in the NBA at 30.1 points per game. So far, him and Brown have accounted for 47% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 57.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaylen Brown is grabbing 7.0 rebounds for Boston to go along with 3.4 assists.
The Wizards come into today’s game as the 23rd ranked scoring offense at 112.9 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.2 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Washington offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 24th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Defensively, Washington has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (16th).
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Wizards 2nd leading scorer, Kyle Kuzma. In his 64 games, Kuzma is averaging 21.2 points per game while dishing out 3.7 assists and grabbing 7.2 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Kristaps Porzingis, who leads the team and is 32nd in the NBA at 23.0 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 49.4% of his field goal attempts while taking 18.1% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Celtics vs Wizards Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -11.0
- Free Total Prediction: Under 227.5