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Pointspread favors Wizards in battle with Celtics

Boston CelticsWashington Wizards
23-51April 02, 2014, 07:00 | Verizon Center38-36

The Wizards will try to cover the spread at Verizon Center on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Celtics in basketball action.

Washington will face the 23-51 Celtics, who own a 36-36-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Wizards are 39-34-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Celtics are 32-42 favoring the OVER.View Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 8-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 195 at BetOnline and other shops.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 13-rated Wizards and the No. 19-rated Celtics in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 92-88 win for the Wizards on Wednesday.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 94-80 loser as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 174 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston suffered a 94-80 loss against Chicago on Monday, getting 18 points from Jerryd Bayless in a losing effort at United Center.

Washington lost its last outing, a 100-94 result against the Bobcats on March 31. The Wizards failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 194 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Bradley Beal scored 20 points in a failed effort to lead the Wizards to victory (they lost 100-94 to Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 17-ranked offense (100.65 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 11 at 99.68 PPG. The Wizards have averaged 45.49% from the field per game, more than the Celtics have managed so far this season (43.28% on average).

A few Celtics at Wizards trends to consider:
Boston is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Boston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
Washington is 7-16-1 ATS in its last 24 games at home
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Boston home to Philadelphia, Friday, April 4th
Washington at New York, Friday, April 4th