The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards series might look close on paper, but in reality it hasn’t exactly been must-see TV. With the Celtics owning a 3-2 series lead and Game 6 shifting to the nation’s capital on Friday, sportsbooks opened the Wiz as 5-point home favorites with a total of 216.
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- The Celtics are 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four games on the road against the Wizards.
- The Wizards are 12-3 SU and ATS in their last 15 games as a favorite of 5.0 or less.
- The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as favorite.
If recent history holds true, the Wizards should have the upper hand tonight. Home teams have gone a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS in the conference semifinal so far, with Washington hammering Boston 116-89 in Game 3 and 121-102 in Game 4. John Wall and company closed as -5 and -5.5-point chalk in both of those games. The Wizards used a 22-0 run in Game 3 and a 26-0 spurt in Game 4 to separate themselves from the Celts in those contests.
The Wizards’ hot play dissipated in Beantown, however, as they shot just 38.5 percent from the floor in Game 5 while allowing Boston to go off for 52.9 percent. Wizards shooting guards Bradley Beal and Bojan Bogdanovic combined to go 8-for-26 from the floor and 1-for-8 from 3-point range in the loss.
Celtics big man Al Horford has emerged as a major difference-maker in this series. The veteran is shooting a ridiculous 69.4 percent from the floor and 58.8 percent from downtown through five games.
Dating back to the regular season, visiting teams are a pitiful 0-9 SU and ATS in the last nine meetings between the Eastern Conference clubs.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The visiting Boston Celtics betting line opened this morning as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds – Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 216.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 117-109 win for the Wizards. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Washington Wizards sit at 55-38 (47-45-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Boston Celtics are currently 60-33 (48-44-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Washington is 57-34-2 OU and Boston is 44-45-4 OU. This season the Washington Wizards are 55-38 overall and 47-45-1 ATS against the number, while the Boston Celtics are 60-33 and 48-44-1 ATS. As for the totals, Washington is 57-34-2 on the OU, and Boston is 44-45-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Boston injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 13 (Washington Wizards) and the No. 11 (Celtics) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds – Shark.
The game also pits Washington’s No. 5-ranked offense averaging 109.26 PPG, against a Boston Celtics defense that ranks No. 14 at 105.25 PPG. The Washington Wizards field goal percentage has averaged 47.32% so far, more than the Boston Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 45.54% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
- Boston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
- Boston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games
- Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Washington is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games
- Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Boston home to Washington, Monday, May 15th