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NBA Game Preview - Wizards underdogs vs Celtics at Washington

Boston CelticsWashington Wizards
Jan 1, 6:00 PM | Verizon Center

Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards Odds

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The Wizards will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Celtics at Verizon Center in NBA wagering action.

The Celtics will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 3-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Wizards are 0-3 ATS. Boston is 3-1 on the totals; Washington is 0-3.

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Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Wizards as 7-point underdogs in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 184.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wizards at No. 28 and the Celtics at No. 12 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 90-79 result in favor of the Celtics.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 30-ranked offense (82.7 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 25 at 100.8 PPG. The Wizards have averaged 38.6% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (47.8% on average).

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 106 points per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 26 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 96-85 winner as they battled the Pistons at home. The Celtics covered in the match as a 10-point favorite, while 181 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston got 19 points from Jermaine O'Neal en route to a 96-85 victory over Detroit on Friday at TD Garden.

The Wizards were a 102-81 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (183) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Wizards were blown out by Milwaukee on Friday, losing by a 102-81 final at Bradley Center in basketball betting action.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing Detroit are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Milwaukee are 0-10
After a loss are 4-6

A few Celtics at Wizards trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 15 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Washington is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Washington's last 15 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Boston home to Washington, Monday, January 2
Washington at Boston, Monday, January 2

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