Celtics Have Already Clinched 4th Seed in the East
The first half of Tuesday’s NBA doubleheader of betting action on TNT features the season finale for the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. They battle in a 7 p.m. tip at Capital One Arena. Look for BetAnySports online sportsbook opened Boston as a 5 point favorite. The total opened at 226.5.
Boston has already clinched the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Their opening round matchup is against the Indiana Pacers. With Sunday’s 116-108 loss to Orlando as four-point home favorites, the Celtics slipped to 5-2 straight-up in their last seven games. They have a 3-4 record against the spread on BetAnySports’ closing line. The total has gone OVER in five of those last seven contests. Boston is an even 20-20- SU on the road this season with a 4-2 record ATS in its last six road games.
Both Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum left Sunday’s game with injuries. Their playing status for Tuesday night is up in the air. Kyrie Irving put up a team high 23 points in the losing cause. The Celtics are ranked 14th in the NBA in scoring with an average of 112.3 points per game. They move to eighth on defense when it comes to points allowed at 107.9 ppg.
Wizards Looking for Nightmare Season to End
Washington will look to avoid the season sweep on Tuesday night. They lost its first two games to Boston both SU and ATS. They come into this game with a three-game losing streak both SU and ATS. This is after coming up short in Sunday’s 113-110 loss to New York as a four-point road favorite. The Wizards are 2-9 SU over their last 11 games with a 4-7 record ATS. They have failed to cover in four of their last five home games on BetAnySports’ closing line.
The Wizards have the slight edge in scoring against Boston with an average of 114.1 PPG. Bradley Beal has led the way all season long with a 25.7 PPG average. He was held to just 13 points in Sunday’s loss after shooting 29 percent from the field. Most of Washington’s issues this season have been at the other end of the court. They have a defense that is ranked 29th in the league in points allowed (116.9).
With nothing on the line for either side of this matchup, I am going to lean towards the better overall team by going with Boston SU and ATS.
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|Boston is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games|
|Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 11 of Boston’s last 15 games|
|Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games on the road|
|Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 7 games when playing Washington|
|Boston is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington|
|Washington is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games|
|Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games at home|
|Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games when playing Boston|
|Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Boston|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing at home against Boston|
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