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Surging Celtics Aim for Sixth Straight Playoff Win

The Washington Wizards looked like a force to be reckoned with in Game 1 of their conference semifinal series with the Boston Celtics before things went completely off the rails. Facing a 1-0 hole, the Wiz will look to even things up in Game 2 tonight in Beantown. Oddsmakers opened the Celtics as 5.5-point home chalk with an OVER/UNDER of 218.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the Wizards' last five games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Celtics' last five games.
  • The Wizards are 2-7 SU in their last nine games against the Celtics.

Washington jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the series opener but let the lead evaporate in the second quarter and disappear entirely in the third. John Wall and company were outscored 71-42 in the second and third quarters en route to a 123-111 setback. The Celts covered the 4-point spread and the total soared above the closing 216 number.

Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, who’s been dealing with the loss of his sister prior to Game 1 of the first round, flew home to Tacoma, Washington on Saturday for her funeral and flew back across the country for the game.

Thomas hasn’t slowed down, however, as the diminutive superstar poured in 33 points in the victory. Thomas even had a tooth knocked out after running into an elbow early in the contest and added nine assists while burying five of the Celtics’ 19 3-pointers.

Home-court advantage continues to be huge in this series, as visiting clubs are 0-5 SU and ATS in the last five meetings between the Celtics and Wizards.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the Boston Celtics as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as -4.5-point favorites on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 215 for Tuesday at shops such as MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 110-104 victory for the Celtics. 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 58-31 and 46-42-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Washington Wizards sit at 53-36 and 45-43-1 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 41-44-4 for the Boston Celtics and 54-33-2 for the Washington Wizards. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Washington injuries news.

This game pits the Boston Celtics, currently No. 11 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Washington Wizards, who rate No. 13 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 27-rated NBA squad against Washington's No. 22-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 3 in the league with 12.13 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 17 with 9.17 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wizards wasted a 27-point performance from Bradley Beal as Boston ran past them 123-111 on Sunday at TD Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
  • Boston is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home

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