Despite holding the number two seed in the East the Boston Celtics are dead. Kyrie Irving has been lost for the season due to an injured knee. With his absence goes what little offense Boston generates. They are now facing long NBA games betting odds for the playoffs. The Washington Wizards have been a terrible team to bet on at home. Their metrics are indicative of mediocrity. They will limp in to the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are a near certainty to exit in short order against Toronto in round one.
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Celtics||+6½ (-110)||206 (-110)|
|Wizards||-6½ (-110)||206 (-110)|
Celtics vs. Wizards TV Coverage: TNT
Washington has covered NBA games betting odds in just 15 of 40 home tilts. Straight up they are barely break even at 42-38. Over the total has paid in only 35 of their games this season. The Wizards are dropping like a rock with six-line losses in their last nine tilts. Over the total has hit in just three of their last ten. A lackluster second half of the season has dimmed local enthusiasm. Offensively they rank a slightly above average 13th in the NBA. Defensively they are just as average at 14th in the Association.
Surprisingly enough the Celtics have held their recent board value. They have got the money in seven of their last ten matchups. Over the total has cleared in four of their last five. Few teams have been more profitable on the road than Boston. They are 28-12 vs. the odds away from home. Offense has been a source of frustration all season in Beantown. The Celts rank 20th in the league for scoring. And that was WITH Irving. Without him their prospects look bleak. A defense that ranks 3rd in the NBA is what saved the season.
Big Names on Court
Irving was averaging a team best 24 points per game for Boston. Where head coach Brad Stevens finds those points is anyone’s guess. Bradley Beal has been the one bright spot for the Wizards. He has a team best 23 points and five assists per outing. Head coach Scott Brooks earned respect in his first season at Washington last year. He led the Wizards to the second round of the playoffs. Comparatively, this season has been a bit of a buzz kill.
Team vs. Team
Boston has dominated the online sportsbook cashier’s cage vs. Washington. Eight payouts in the last 11 meetings went to the Celtics. Over the total has hit in eight of the last ten in this series. At home the Wizards have lost two straight to Boston vs. the line. Four of the last seven between these teams at DC went under the number.
Matchup to Watch
Even without Irving the Celtics many be a good value. NBA games betting odds will be adjusted for his absence. Linemakers are likely to entice action Boston’s way with an extra few points. The Celtics have the defense and good work habits to get the cash in this one. Especially against a Washington team that has been so bland.
Celtics vs. Wizards NBA games Betting Odds Picks
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NBA Betting Online Pick: Boston Celtics
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Celtics 98, Wizards 95