Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Celtics vs Washington Wizards Prediction 3/17/2024

The Boston Celtics (52-14) travel to face off against the Washington Wizards (11-56) on Sunday, March 17th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington and televised on NBCS. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Suns. Tip-off is set for 6:00 ET.

Celtics vs Wizards

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The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, the Celtics took down the Suns by a score of 127-112. Going into the second half the Celtics held the lead at 65-60.

Coming into today’s game, the Celtics are 52-14 overall and have won four straight. In non-conference games, they are 19-7 and have a 33-7 record against Eastern Conference opponents.

Boston arrives with an ATS record of 33-30 for the season up to this point. In their last three road games, Boston has successfully covered the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 15-16 on the road in contrast to 18-14 at home.

The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Wizards will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Bulls with a final score of 127-98. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Wizards couldn’t cover the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. The over/under line entering this matchup was 224 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.

The Wizards are 11-56 this season as they try to get back to .500 against the Celtics. In the Eastern Conference, the team is 15th overall and 5th in the Southeast division.

Washington has an ATS record of 30-36 so far this season which includes their current three game losing streak vs. the spread. In their last two games as underdogs, the Wizards have faced ATS losses, and they have a 1-4 record against the spread as favorites.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

Coming into today’s action, Boston is averaging 120.9 points per contest. This figure places them 2nd in the league.

Heading into the game, the Celtics are averaging 120.9 points per game, which is 2nd in the NBA. They are also 2nd in scoring at home, averaging 123.5 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Celtics are 1st in made threes per game at 16.4. Overall, they are shooting 38% from beyond the arc, which is 4th in the league.

On the road, the Celtics are 4th in scoring at 118.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 9th in the NBA at 48%.

Wizards Offense Breakdown

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In 67 games games, Washington has an average of 114 points per game (16th).

Heading into this game, the Wizards are averaging 114 points per game, which is 16th in the NBA. At home, they are averaging 113.6 points per game compared to 114.3 on the road.

When it comes to three-point shooting, Washington is 29th in the league with a 34% success rate. They are also 27th in free throw attempts and 27th in offensive rebounds.

One area where the Wizards have excelled this season is in pace. They are the fastest team in the NBA, averaging 102.5 possessions per game. In terms of assists, Washington is 8th in the league.

Celtics Team Defense

This season, the Celtics’ defense is the 6th ranked defense in the NBA at 6th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 71.2% of their games. In the terms of takeaways, Celtics are causing 11.5 turnovers per game, ranking 2nd in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 2nd in rejections, averaging 6.6 blocked shots each game.

Wizards Team Defense

For the season, Washington is sitting 30th in terms of points allowed per game (123.9). It is worth noting they have given up a fewer number of points in two straight games. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Wizards are forcing 13.5 per game, which is 21st in the league. They also come into the game sitting 13th in blocked shots at 5.2 per game.

Key Players For The Celtics And Wizards

For today’s matchup, we project Jayson Tatum to lead the scoring for the Celtics, putting up 26 points and shooting at a rate of 9/19. During this season, he is delivering an average of 27 points per game, along with 8.3 rebounds.

On the other side, Kyle Kuzma is our projected leading scorer for the Wizards. We have him ending the game with a team-high 23 and grabbing 7 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.5% and is averaging 22.4 points per contest.

Celtics vs Wizards Trends

  • Across their last five road contests, Boston has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 114 points per game.
  • Through their last three home games, Washington has an ATS record of just 0-3. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 104 points per game.
  • As the betting underdog, the Wizards have an ATS mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Washington posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
  • The Celtics have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 4-1 against the spread.

Celtics vs Wizards Prediction

When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Celtics vs. Wizards game, our recommendation is to take the Wizards at +10.5. Despite our model showing the Celtics winning 117-108, we like Wizards as our point-spread pick.

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 231.5, and our model projects the Celtics and Wizards to reach a combined total of 225 points. Our bet is on taking the under.

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