NBA Betting Tips & Trends: Celtics vs Wizards
With the Super Bowl loss still fresh in their minds at least Boston fans can focus on the Celtics as they try and bring another banner to Boston. On Thursday night they will go up against the Washington Wizards as they try to get back on the winning track. As we look to continue our winning ways, here is a preview and breakdown of the Celtics vs Wizards.
Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards
8 PM ET / TNT
Both the Celtics and the Wizards are off a loss when they tip off in the TNT game on Thursday night. Both are battling for playoff spots with the Celtics currently holding the top spot in the East and the Wizards currently occupy the fourth seed. The Celtics vs Wizards is a bigger game than most may think.
When it come to the basketball betting odds on who will win a NBA championship the Celtics have the better odds, but the Wizards should not be overlooked. Since the Cavs have begun to derail, the east is up for grabs. The Celtics had a four game winning streak heading into the loss against Toronto. The Celtics were also 6-1 against the spread (ATS) in the last seven games, paying off for those that bet on the green.
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Poor Point Performance
The Celtics welcomed Kyrie Irving back to the lineup in the last loss against the Toronto Raptors. Irving had an ugly minus-22 in plus/minus and Boston’s net rating with Irving on the floor was a disturbing minus-50.3. This wonâ€™t last as Irving will improve as early as the game against the Wizards.
Dominated on Defense
In that loss against the Raptors, head coach Brad Stevens commented on how bad the team played overall and how poorly they played against the Raptors from a physical standpoint. Up to this point in the season the Celtics had been able to overcome their weakness down low by compensating for their lack of size.
Winning Without Wall
The Wizards have been doing just fine without their injured superstar in John Wall. Despite the recent loss to the Sixers, the Wizards had won five straight. They have covered all five of those games against the spread. The Wizards have been clicking on offense all season as they rank 9th in the league with 107 points per game.
Celtics vs Wizards Predictions and Pick
This has been a series that has been dominated by the home team as the host is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The Celtics have managed to go just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings and they will struggle yet again in this game. With so much going on before the trade deadline, look for the Celtics to fall flat in the game against the Wizards
Â Bonus Pick: OKC Thunder at LA Lakers
10:30 PM ET / TNT
The Thunder are off the biggest win of the season against the Golden State Warriors. They are going to have a hard time getting up for a game against the Lakers. The Lakers will be inspired to play on national television and will get the benefit of an inflated point spread. The Thunder are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a losing straight up record. This shows they look past bad teams. The Lakers are on a nice 7-0 ATS run and they will keep it close against the Thunder.