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Home-Court Advantage Trend Leading to Abundance of Covers in Wizards-Celtics Series

After the Boston Celtics stormed out of the gate to the tune of two straight wins in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Washington Wizards, it’s the Wiz who have snatched the momentum thanks to two triumphs in D.C. to even things up at two games apiece ahead of Game 5 in Beantown on Wednesday. Sportsbooks opened the Celtics as 4.5-point home favorites with a total of 215.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Celtics' last six games in the playoffs as home favorites.
  • The Celtics are 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five games after consecutive losses.
  • The Wizards are 1-5 SU in their last six games on the road.

Washington claimed Games 3 and 4 by a combined 46 points and used a 26-0 run in the third quarter of Game 4 to come from behind and blow out the Celtics for the second straight contest. Boston made a litany of mistakes on Sunday and let Washington convert 20 turnovers into 34 points.

Celtics star point guard Isaiah Thomas was lights-out in Game 2 by collecting 53 points but averaged just 16 in Games 3 and 4. On the flip side, John Wall has been absolutely balling out for the Wizards by becoming the first player in NBA playoff history to record at least 20 points and seven assists in 11 straight games.

After shoving Celtics center Kelly Olynyk in Game 3, Washington small forward Kelly Oubre will return tonight from his one-game suspension.

To say home-court advantage has been huge in this series would be a wild understatement. Home sides have gone 4-0 SU and ATS, and it hasn’t been close. No game in this series has been decided by single digits, with the closest one coming in Game 2 when Boston won 129-119 in overtime.

Dating back to before the playoffs, the Wizards are a brutal 0-7 SU and ATS in their last seven trips to TD Garden.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Washington Wizards listed as 4-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 216 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Wizards to win this game 115-110. 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 Washington Wizards will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 47-44-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Boston Celtics are 47-44-1 ATS. Washington is 56-34-2 against the points scored total betting line, while Boston is 43-45-4 versus the line. 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. 11 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Washington Wizards sit at No. 13.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston's No. 6-ranked offense averaging 107.83 PPG, against a Washington Wizards defense that ranks No. 21 at 107.4 PPG. The Boston Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 45.46% so far, less than the Washington Wizards shooters have achieved on the year, 47.42% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Boston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Boston is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home

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