Celtics vs. Wizards - 12/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (13-5) at Boston Celtics (6-11)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +3.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, CSNN
The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics play Sunday at the TD Garden.
The Washington Wizards have won four straight games and will play their first road game on the month. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 100.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting and are allowing 95.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting. John Wall leads Washington with 17.6 points and 9.8 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 14.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.8 rebounds per game and Paul Pierce is shooting 41.1 percent from the field. The Washington Wizards have shown they can compete with anybody on the offensive end, but they’re holding teams to 41.9 percent shooting from the field and 28.2 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. Defense is the key for the Wizards this season, as they’re 11-0 SU when holding opponents under 100 points.
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The Boston Celtics are looking for a season-high third straight victory. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 104.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting and are allowing 106.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Jeff Green leads Boston with 19 points and 4.7 rebounds while Jared Sullinger is averaging 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. Avery Bradley is shooting 45.4 percent from the field and Rajon Rondo is averaging 11.3 assists per game. The Boston Celtics are one of the better offensive teams in the league but their defense is allowing teams to shoot 39.2 percent from deep and are 3-10 SU this season when allowing 100-plus points. The Celtics will give themselves a chance to win game as long as their defense holds up.
The Wizards are 36-17 ATS in their last 53 road games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest. The Celtics are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
When the Washington Wizards are healthy, there's not many teams that can beat them in the East. The Boston Celtics simply play no defense and will struggle in this one. Wizards win and cover the small number.