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Wizards Seek to Exorcise Their Demons at TD Garden vs Walking Wounded Celtics

Bradley Beal Washington Wizards

The Boston Celtics are expected to be severely short-handed at home vs the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, as star point guard Kyrie Irving and three other players will miss the game, while big man Al Horford is questionable due to an illness. OVERs have dominated this series lately, as seven of the past nine meetings between the Eastern Conference foes have gone OVER the closing total.

  • The Wizards are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six games on the road.
  • The Celtics are 1-5 SU in their last six games with two days off between games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Wizards’ last 10 games against teams with winning records.

Irving is dealing with left knee soreness that will cause him to sit out for the second time in four games, with Marcus Smart (thumb), Jaylen Brown (concussion) and Daniel Theis (knee) sidelined as well. The rash of ailments continues an injury-plagued campaign for the Celtics that started off with prized free-agent acquisition Gordon Hayward breaking his ankle in the season opener.

Washington is clearly missing star guard John Wall right now, as the Wizards have dropped five of their last seven games heading into this one. The Wiz will be participating in the second half of a back-to-back in light of a 116-111 setback to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. One bright spot has been the play of point guard Tomas Satoransky, who recorded 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals against Minnesota while filling in for Wall in the starting lineup.

The squads have split two meetings this season, with visiting teams prevailing on both occasions. Washington’s poor history in Boston is well known, with the Wizards going 1-9 SU and ATS in their past 10 trips to TD Garden, including last year’s playoffs.

A 115-101 result in favor of the Celtics is the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Celtics sport a record of 46-21 and 40-25-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Washington Wizards sit at 38-30 and 32-35-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 34-32-1 for the Celtics and 30-37-1 for the Wizards. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Washington injuries news.

The Celtics-Wizards betting odds would favor the Celtics if the lines were set according to power rankings. Boston is rated No. 7 in our latest OddsShark poll, while Washington sits at No. 10.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston's No. 20-ranked offense averaging 104.45 PPG, against a Washington defense that ranks No. 15 at 105.91 PPG. The Celtics' field-goal percentage has averaged 45.11% so far, less than the Wizards shooters have achieved on the year, 46.84% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wizards wasted a 27-point performance from Markieff Morris as Minnesota ran past them 116-111 on Tuesday at Capital One Arena.

The Celtics got 20 points from Marcus Smart, but it was Indiana that prevailed in a 99-97 final on Sunday at TD Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games
  • Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
  • Boston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Indiana, Saturday, March 17
Boston at Orlando, Friday, March 16