The Boston Celtics attempt to avoid a second straight defeat to one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference when they visit the Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon. The slumping Celtics (13-12) have lost nine of 14 games after dropping a 108-102 decision to the Detroit Pistons on Friday. The Wizards (6-17) own the worst record in the East entering the third stop of a five-game homestand.
Tip-off is at 1 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. William Hill Sportsbook lists Boston as a 6.5-point favorite, while the over-under is 231.5 in the latest Celtics vs. Wizards odds. Before making any Wizards vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Celtics vs. Wizards spread: Celtics -6.5
- Celtics vs. Wizards over-under: 231.5 points
- Celtics vs. Wizards money line: Celtics -280, Wizards +240
- BOS: The Celtics are 3-6 in their last nine road games
- WAS: The Wizards have shot under 30 percent from 3-point range in five straight games
Why the Celtics can cover
Forward Jayson Tatum had scored at least 23 points in 13 consecutive games, a string that was snapped when he was limited to 17 in Thursday's win over Toronto. He bounced back with a 33-point, 11-rebound effort against Detroit and is averaging 26.6 points, 7.1 boards and 4.5 assists -- all career highs. He scored a team-high 32 points in a 116-107 victory over the Wizards last month.
Boston's offense has been more hit-or-miss than many teams in the league. The Celtics are averaging 120.7 points in their 13 wins but they have struggled mightily to score in the 12 defeats, averaging a mere 100.2 points. Boston has a chance to get its offense cranking against a Washington defense that ranks last in the league with 120.3 points allowed per game.
Why the Wizards can cover
Bradley Beal was given a rest day and his absence was glaring as the Wizards were held to their second-lowest point total in the 109-91 setback to the Knicks. He has scored at least 31 points in eight of his last 11 games, including back-to-back contests in which he erupted for 60 points at Philadelphia and 41 in a nine-point loss in Boston. Beal is by far the leading vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards for the NBA All-Star Game.
Fresher legs may help Beal, who was struggling from long range over his last four games, connecting on only 6-of-27 3-point attempts. In Beal's absence, fellow guard Russell Westbrook came up one rebound shy of a triple-double on Friday while scoring 23 points for the second straight game. Washington has fared well against the Celtics at home, winning seven of the last 12 matchups.
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