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|WASHINGTON WIZARDS||BOSTON CELTICS|
|42-27||March 20, 7:30 PM | TD Garden||44-26|
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
|Rotation – Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|607 –Washington Wizards||+3½ -115||+135||Ov 217 -105|
|608 –Boston Celtics||-3½ -105||-155||Un 217 -115|
The fans at TD Garden will be treated to a game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics when they take their seats on Monday.
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (42-27): John Wall was one of many who struggled to find the mark in Saturday’s loss, making 5-of-16 from the field in his second straight difficult offensive effort since suffering a foot injury Wednesday against Dallas. “It was one of those nights where you just couldn’t make shots,” Wall told the media. “I think we did a great job of moving the ball, guys got great looks, missed a couple free throws that hurt us, but other than that, we just couldn’t get into a rhythm. Couldn’t make shots.” Markieff Morris, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the previous meeting with Boston, has missed the last two games due to illness and is day-to-day.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (44-26): Boston needs each and every win to catch Cleveland, and Sunday’s collapse against a beatable opponent could prove fatal in that pursuit. However, the team now begins a closing stretch in which it plays nine of 12 at TD Garden, including home games with the Wizards and Cavaliers and eight contests against teams that entered Sunday with a sub-.500 mark. Thomas has shined at home all season, averaging 30.5 points while shooting 41.2 percent from long range.
The race for second place in the Eastern Conference intensifies Monday night when the Washington Wizards visit the Boston Celtics for the latest edition of a testy rivalry. The teams engaged in some heated matchups earlier this season while jockeying for position behind the front-running Cleveland Cavaliers, with the second-place Celtics entering this one 1 1/2 games up on the Wizards after Sunday’s 105-99 loss in Philadelphia.
Playing its second straight game without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas (knee) – who is hoping to return for this one – Boston struggled to find a go-to guy when it needed one and blew a 13-point lead to fall to 4-4 in its last eight games. Washington has also hit a relative cold spell, losing three of four following a five-game winning streak after beginning a two-game road trip with a 98-93 loss at Charlotte on Saturday. “I just wish we would have made more shots,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks plainly told reporters after a season-low 36.7 percent effort from the field. The home team has won each of the first three meetings, with Boston picking up a 117-108 victory at TD Garden in January in a game that featured plenty of jawing and a near-encounter in the back hallway between the locker rooms after the game.
Boston was a 105-99 loser in its last match on the road against the 76ers. They failed to cover the -5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 204 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
Washington was a 98-93 loser in its last match on the road against the Hornets. They failed to cover the +3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 191 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Team record: 42-27 SU,36-32-1 ATS
Washington is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Washington is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 10 games
Team record: 44-26 SU,36-33-1 ATS
Boston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston’s last 14 games
Boston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Washington home to Atlanta Wednesday, March 22
Boston home to Indiana Wednesday, March 22
NBA HOOPS TIPS
1. Celtics C Al Horford scored a season-high 27 points Sunday and is averaging 20.3 over his last three games.
2. Wall is shooting 36.8 percent in the three meetings with Boston.
3. The Celtics have lost their last three games on the second half of a back-to-back.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Boston Celtics will cover the spread at -3.5 and the game will stay under 217 points, according to scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Celtics 105, Wizards 101 at .
|Washington is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games|
|Washington is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 10 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road|
|Washington is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games on the road|
|Washington is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington’s last 16 games when playing Boston|
|Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston|
|Washington is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Boston|
|Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston|
|Washington is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Boston|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston’s last 14 games|
|Boston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games|
|Boston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home|
|Boston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Boston’s last 16 games when playing Washington|
|Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games when playing at home against Washington|
|Boston is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Washington|
|Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense||108.9||5||105.0||14|
|Washington’s Away Scoring vs Boston’s Home Defense||107.4||6||105.0||18|
|Washington’s Road Rebounds vs Boston’s Home Rebounds Allowed||43.6||9||44.7||27|
|Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense||107.4||8||106.8||22|
|Boston’s Home Scoring vs Washington’s Road Defense||109.2||9||108.3||19|
|Boston’s Home Rebounds vs Washington’s Road Rebounds Allowed||42.8||25||44.4||15|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Washington is third in the league in field goal percentage at 47.4.|
|Washington gives up the lowest free throw percentage in the league allowing 74.8% per game.|
|Boston leads the league in free throw percentage with 81.3.|
|Boston is third best in the league in three points made with 12.0 per game.|