Washington Wizards (24-47) at Boston Celtics (48-23)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Boston Celtics -10.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in NBA action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Washington Wizards could use a win here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Washington Wizards are averaging 114.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 119.5 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Rui Hachimura is averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds while Jordan McRae is averaging 12.8 points and 2.8 assists. Thomas Bryant is the third double-digit scorer and Shabazz Napier is dishing 3.8 assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 114 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.4 points and seven rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 20.6 points and 2.1 assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.
The Wizards are 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Boston and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The ver is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Nobody should be looking to back the Washington Wizards, a G League roster that's done nothing in the bubble and is just waiting to go home after this game. However, the playing field evens out a bit here with the Celtics resting Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Daniel Theis. It's hard to make a case for any team in the league to be a double-digit favorite with nearly their entire rotation is not playing. You're putting a lot of faith in the Celtics backups to play at a high level.
If forced to pick, give me the Wizards and the points.