Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards
Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Capital One Arena)
The Boston Celtics hit the road for a matchup with the Washington Wizards. The Celtics are (25-8), coming off a 111-104 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards are (11-24), after beating the Denver Nuggets, 128-114.
In the Celtics win over the Bulls, Boston was guided by Jayson Tatum. Tatum connected on 12 of 15 from the floor, making both foul shots, recording 28 points. The Celtics shot 52% from the floor and 42% from 3-point range. Boston held Chicago to just 42% from the floor. The Celtics were able to secure the victory, due to blowing by the Bulls in the paint. Celtics out scored the Bulls in the paint, 60 to 38.
In the Wizards win over the Nuggets, Washington was led on offense by Ish Smith. Smith converted on 15 of 24 attempts from the floor, recording 32 points and 8 assists. Washington shot 55% from the floor and 37% from deep. The Wizards who have not been known for defense this season, showed what they are capable of on the defensive end. The Wizards held the Nuggets to 46% from the floor and 20% from distance.
Recent Betting Trends:
Celtics are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games.
Celtics are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games.
The over is 5-1 in Celtics last 6 games when playing on the road.
Wizards are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
Wizards are 5-14 SU in their last 19 games.
The over is 8-1 in Wizards last 9 games against Boston.
The Celtics have one of the better starting lineups in the league and have won 8 of their last 9 games. The Wizards have lost 7 of their last 10 matchups. This Wizards have had no trouble scoring with the best, as Washington is averaging over 116 per game. It has been the defense that has hurt Washington, the Wizards are 30th in scoring defense, allowing over 120 per contest. The Celtics will be without Kemba Walker due to an illness and Jaylen Brown is questionable. The Celtics clearly won't have their normal starting 5 and seeing that Washington just beat Denver, I think the Wizards have a little confidence riding into this game. Final score prediction, Wizards win, 112-107.