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Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics - 4/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards
Date & Time Tuesday April 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Capital One Arena
Washington, DC
The Line
The Line: Washington -6.5
TV Channel
TNT, NBSB
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The Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards do battle at the Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.

The Boston Celtics have been in decent shape as they’ve won five of their last seven games and they will be hoping to cap off the regular season on a winning note after falling to the Magic in a 116-108 home loss on Sunday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 23 points and six assists, Al Horford added 18 points with seven assists while Gordon Hayward chipped in with 16 points and four assists off the bench. As a team, the Celtics shot 47 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line as they dominated the early proceedings to lead by as many as 13 points in the first half, but they couldn’t keep up the pace in the second half where the Magic outscored the Celtics by 68-56 to steal the game late to earn them a playoff berth. With the tough loss, Boston fell to 48-33 overall and 28-13 at home which is currently good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards are just looking for the regular season to end as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling to the lowly Knicks in a 113-110 road loss on Sunday. Jeff Green led the team in scoring with 19 points in just 16 minutes off the bench, Bradley Beal added 13 points with five assists while Bobby Portis chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, the Wizards looked to be in full control when they led by as 12 points late in the third quarter, before getting run down in the fourth quarter where the Knicks outscored them by 34-21 to steal the game late. With the tough loss, Washington fell to 32-49 overall and 10-31 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team below .400, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Wizards are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on one days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference.

Head to head, the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings, the home team is 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings and the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

With this game meaning so little to both teams, I don’t think the Wizards or the Celtics will be taking this one too seriously, so expect a bunch of players rested for this one. The Celtics will be keen to cap off the regular season on a winning note, while the Wizards could give some of their rotational players more playing time. I’m leaning towards the Wizards to get the win at home, but this just seems like too many points to be giving the Celtics who should have enough to hang with the Wizards despite their long list of injuries.

Pick:
Boston +6.5
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