The Celtics are road favorites in NBA betting odds in this matchup against the Wizards and it make sense since Boston swept Washington last season.
Basketball betting had the Celtics sweeping the Wizards last year for the first time since the 1981-82 season. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 24 points per game against the Wizards. Caron Butler led the Wizards with 22 points per contest.
Basketball betting has this as the first of a three-game trip for the Celtics. Boston has been a good road team this season versus the NBA betting odds and that may continue here on Thursday against the Wizards. The Celtics are 6-4 against the basketball betting number on the road this year. Boston is second in the league in defense and that translates to a lot of success on the road in basketball betting. Boston is mid-pack on offense but they have enough scorers to win games in basketball betting when their defense is so good. Boston has the big three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and they also have additional scoring from Rajon Rondo and Rasheed Wallace.
Boston has actually lost six of the last ten games outright against the Wizards but as previously mentioned they swept Washington last year, winning 115-107 and 108-83 at home and 122-88 in Washington. The Celtics covered each time in NBA betting. All three of those games went over the basketball betting total. The last four in the series have gone over after the previous four had gone under the NBA betting total.
Washington has struggled this season both straight up and against the basketball betting line. They are not a good team at home versus the basketball betting odds as they are a pathetic 2-7 against the spread. Washington has had injury issues this season but they are getting healthy. So far it hasn’t mattered though as they continue to struggle in basketball betting. They have been led in scoring this basketball betting season by Gilbert Arenas but at just over 20 points per game, it is not the Arenas of past seasons. The Wizards are 23rd in the league in scoring and 19th on defense so there is not a lot to like with Washington in this basketball betting matchup against Boston.