Wizards vs. Celtics - 12/27/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (10-17) at Washington Wizards (20-8)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -9.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, CSNB
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards meet Saturday night at the Verizon Center.
The Boston Celtics have split their last six games and are in clear tank mode without Rajon Rondo. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 103.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting and are allowing 104.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Jeff Green is averaging 18.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds. Avery Bradley is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are struggling defensively, allowing 100 or more points in three straight games, which includes allowing the Nets to shoot 49.4 percent from the field in a loss on Friday. Considering the Celtics are seven games below a .500 record and out of the playoff race, you have to wonder just how hard this team is trying to win.
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The Washington Wizards have won seven of their last nine games and are looking like a true contender in the East. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 100.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and are allowing 96.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 18 points and 10.5 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 15.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Paul Pierce is shooting 43 percent from the field. The Washington Wizards continue their lights out shooting from deep, as they’re shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. With the explosive offense, the Wizards are 16-1 SU this season when holding a team under 100 points. The Wizards are 13-4 SU this season on their home court.
The Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 21-10 ATS in their last 31 vs. NBA Southeast. The Wizards are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Boston Celtics are no match for the Wizards, especially with the way they've packed in the season a week or so ago. Look for the Wizards to control this game from start to finish and win by double digits.