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Pointspread favors Wizards in battle with Celtics

Boston CelticsWashington Wizards
14-29January 22, 2014, 07:00 | Verizon Center20-20

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Celtics travelling to Washington Wednesday to face the Wizards on Wednesday.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Wizards are 20-20 so far on the season, and 20-19-1 ATS vs. the number. The Celtics, meanwhile, are 14-29 and 21-22 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Washington go 23-17 and the Celtics go 17-26 on the totals.

View Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Wizards in this one, they were listed earlier as -6-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 195.5 for Wednesday at shops such as 5Dimes.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 16-rated Wizards and the No. 24-ranked Celtics, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 90-87 result in favor of the Wizards.

The Celtics were a 93-86 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (179) made winners of UNDER bettors. Boston got 15 points from Brandon Bass but lost anyway 93-86 against the Heat on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 107-99 winner as they battled the 76ers at home. The Wizards failed to cover in the match as a 10-point favorite, while 206 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Bradley Beal scored 22 points leading the Wizards to a 107-99 victory over Philadelphia at Verizon Center on Monday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 19-ranked offense (98.5 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 9 at 98.6 PPG. The Wizards have averaged 44.93% from the field per game, more than the Celtics have managed so far this season (43.78% on average).

A few Celtics at Wizards trends to consider:
Boston is 1-11-1 SU in its last 13 games
Boston is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Washington
Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Boston home to Oklahoma City, Friday, January 24th
Washington at Phoenix, Friday, January 24th