Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Prediction 2/9/2024

The Washington Wizards (9-41) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (39-12) on Friday, February 9th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston 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 Hawks. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

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The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

The Wizards’ most recent matchup against the Cavaliers saw Kyle Kuzma lead the Wizards with 28 points while shooting 11/24 from the field. Corey Kispert put up 23 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Washington ended up losing the game with a final score of 114-106.

In their quest to come out on top vs. the Celtics, the Wizards have a sub-.500 record of 9-41. In non-conference games, the Wizards have gone 3-12 while going 6-29 against other Eastern Conference teams.

Washington’s ATS record sits below .500 (23-26). Washington has covered the spread in five consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 16-9 on the road as opposed to 7-17 at home.

The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win

The Celtics picked up a win over the Hawks in their latest game, finishing with a score of 125-117. The Celtics were favored by -12 heading into the game, but their 8 point victory failed to cover the spread. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 242 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 245.5.

So far this season, the Celtics are 39-12 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are 26-6 and have gone 13-6 in non-conference games.

Boston arrives with an ATS record of 23-26 for the season up to this point. Boston has gone 21-25 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 2-1 when playing as underdogs.

Wizards Offense Breakdown

Through 50 games games, Washington is averaging 114.5 points per game (18th).

This season, the Wizards are 18th in the NBA in scoring at 114.5 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 114.8 points per game compared to 114.3 at home. In terms of field goal percentage, the Wizards are 16th in the league at 47%.

So far, Washington has outscored the NBA scoring average in 50% of their games. In terms of pace, the Wizards are the fastest team in the league at 102.3 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Wizards are 23rd in the NBA in three-pointers made at 11.9 per game. Overall, they have a three-point shooting percentage of 34% (27th).

Celtics Offense Breakdown

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The Celtics arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 120.4 points per game (5th).

So far this season, the Celtics have been one of the league’s top offenses, ranking 5th in scoring at 120.4 points per game. At home, they have been even better, averaging 121.7 points per game.

Heading into this game, the Celtics lead the NBA in three-pointers made per game at 16.3. Their pace of play is 15th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game.

Overall, the Celtics have outscored the NBA scoring average in 70.6% of their games. They are 13th in field goal percentage at 47% and are 6th in true shooting percentage.

Wizards Team Defense

Currently, the Wizards’ defense holds the 29th rank in the NBA, allowing 123.8 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Wizards are causing 13.4 turnovers per game, ranking 20th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 11th in rejections, averaging 5.5 blocked shots each game.

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 70.6% of their games. 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.

Key Players For The Wizards And Celtics

The outlook for today’s matchup points to Kyle Kuzma as the primary point contributor for the Wizards, finishing with 21 points while maintaining a 8/18 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 21.9 points per game, along with 6.4 rebounds.

On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 26 and grabbing 9 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.1% and is averaging 26.9 points per contest.

Wizards vs Celtics Trends

  • When looking at their past five road matchups, Washington has an ATS record of 5-0 while averaging 115 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
  • The Celtics are 2-1 ATS in their last three home games and 3-0 straight-up.
  • The last ten games that Washington was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 5-4-1 while going 2-8 straight up.
  • Against the spread, the Celtics have put together 1-2 in their last three games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 2-1 straight up.

Wizards vs Celtics Prediction

For a point-spread wager in this Celtics vs. Wizards game, we suggest taking the Wizards at +16.5. Even though our predictions have the Celtics winning 112-106, we see the Wizards as the better choice on the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 238.5, and our model predicts the Wizards and Celtics to score a combined 218 points. We recommend betting on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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