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(49-33) Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics (53-29)
Eastern Conference Round 2: Game 1
Date: Saturday April 30
Time: 1:00PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Boston -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 215
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Through the season both teams tied the series at 2-2 apiece. But none of that matters in this case, because it’s the playoffs now, and none of the regular season games matter.
In the postseason teams do a better job exposing weaknesses and strengths in the opposition, and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to change this time around.
The Washington Wizards have a really good team. Their starting unit is among the best in the Eastern Conference. But when it comes to their bench unit, that’s a whole nother story.
Besides Jason Smith, the Wizards don’t really have anyone that’s reliable on their bench. That’s why they play their starting unit so many minutes.
But now in the playoffs that can come back to hurt them. Boston is a strong team that has a ton of depth. When they sit their starters they’ve got other players that can score.
In Washington’s case, they don’t have anyone that can do that for them. That’s why John Wall and Bradley Beal are relied on to produce so often.
Nobody else can seem to get things going. But in this series, that can’t be the case.
If Washington hopes to win, they need to get other guys going. Markieff Morris has shown that he can be that guy some nights, but he’s far to inconsistent.
That means Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat need to start producing at a higher level.
If they can do that they’ll make the job easier for the rest of their team. Because the Boston is going to have trouble containing all of them at once. Their starting unit is just way too talented.
The Boston Celtics are the favorites to win this series for a reason. They’re clearly the better team between the two, but that doesn’t mean they can take Washington lightly.
Boston has been susceptible to giving up a ton of points to great rebounding teams. And that’s what Washington is.
With Marcin Gortat at the 5, he does a great job crashing the offensive glass. That means Boston needs to prevent that from happening if they hope to come out victors in this series.
If the Celtics can get their guards to rebound a little better that should help them in that department. Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart are really good rebounders at both guard positions.
So if they can hold their own on the boards, that should help get Boston the win. Because Washington is going to continue crashing the glass all series. Now the Celtics just need to prevent them from doing that.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings
- Favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
- Wizards are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston.
- Wizards are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Wizards are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Free Game 1 Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
This series is going to be as even as they come. However, I’ll take Boston to come out as victors in game 1. Washington won’t make it easy for them, but Boston should pull away with it.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Boston -4.5
Boston should get the win by 4.5 points or more, so look for the Celtics to earn the “W” in this game.
NBA Free Game 1 Score Prediction: Boston 98 – Washington 92
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