For the first half of the NBA season Boston was looking like top seed in the East. However, the Celtics inconsistent scoring has begun to catch up with them. Toronto has taken the Eastern Conference top spot because they have a more complete game. Despite that Boston remains a popular NBA finals betting odds pick. On the other hand, the Washington Wizards have been slumping lately. Red ink has been their reality despite being a playoff team. While Washington can’t match Boston’s defense their scoring is more consistent. The Celtics host the Wizards in an important match-up on Wednesday.
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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As an Eastern Conference finalist in 2017 Boston started as a NBA finals betting odds chalk. Recently they have reminded gamblers why they were so appealing. Frequent visits to the cashier’s cage have again returned. With six payouts in their last seven games the Celtics are in playoff form. Under the total has paid in just one of their last nine. Boasting the second ranked defense in the Association makes them a tough out. What is holding Boston back is an offense that ranks 19th in the NBA. Scoring problems is why they trail Toronto by two games in the East.
With one payout in their last five games alarms are going off for the Wizards. Under the total has paid in six of their last eight games. Although they lead the Southeast Division Washington’s record is just fifth best in the East. Head coach Scott Brooks has an above average team that is sub-par with the spread. With rankings of 11th on offense and 14th for defense nothing stands out about the Wizards. Overall, they have paid in just 32 of 67 games this season.
Big Names on Court
Bradley Beal is the one asset that stands out for Washington. Leading the team with 23 points per game he is a 2018 All Star. Most of all Beal gives the Wizards an identity. Kyrie Irving is Boston’s leading scorer with 25 points per outing. Most Impressive is that Irving is a five time All Star. Arriving from Cleveland he brings the element of championship credibility.
Team vs. Team
Head to head Boston has had the sportsbook edge over Washington. Seven payouts in ten games with the Wizards have gone to Boston. Over the total has cleared in five out of the last six meetings. TD Garden is where the Celtics are really making bank over Washington. Cash was carried by Boston in nine of their last ten home games vs. the Wizards. Six of the last seven in this series at TD Garden have soared over the total.
Matchup to Watch
With Bradley Beal and Kyrie Irving this match-up has plenty of star power. What makes the difference is the Celtics defense. Dominance on the back end is what creates good value with NBA finals betting odds. Additionally, TD Garden has proven to be a huge advantage in this series.
Wizards vs. Celtics NBA games Betting Odds Picks
In conclusion defense and home court are too much to ignore. Boston is the pick.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Boston Celtics
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Celtics 119, Wizards 103
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