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NBA Betting Trends – Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
Our Sportsbooks: The Boston Celtics (-7½) added Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to the team during the off-season and NBA betting enthusiasts should take note when the Celtics host the Washington Wizards (+7½) in their season debut this evening on primetime television.
Garnett, a 10-time All-Star, has spent all of his 12 seasons with the Timberwolves before joining Boston, averaging 20.5 points and 11.4 rebounds. Allen, a seven-time All-Star, has averaged 21.5 points in 11 seasons with Milwaukee and Seattle. Pierce spent the first nine years of his career with the Celtics and has averaged 23.6 points per game during that span.
The first test of the superstar trio will come tonight against Washington, winner of four straight against Boston, including three last season. As well, the Wizards are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings in Boston.
The Celtics also have veteran newcomers Eddie House, James Posey and Scot Pollard off the bench.
Last season, the Celtics set a franchise record with 18 straight losses and posted their second-worst mark in their 62 seasons. They went 24-58 SU (straight up) and 42-39-1 ATS (against the spread). At home, they were 12-29 SU and 13-27-1 ATS.
The off-season blockbuster move certainly captured respect of oddsmakers. NBA odds (futures) list Boston the favorites to win the Atlantic at -180. The Celtics’ regular season win total is set at 48½ over -120.
– Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast.
– Celtics are 21-46-2 ATS in their last 69 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
– Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
– Celtics are 14-32-1 ATS in their last 47 home games.
The Wizards return all five of its starters and they didn’t make any notable changes to their roster during the off-season. Injuries to Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler last season ended what could have been a promising playoff run.
Last year, the Wizards were 41-41 SU and 36-43-3 ATS. Away from home, they were 15-26 SU and 23-18 ATS.
Despite injuries to two key players, Washington still managed to score 104.3 points per game which was fourth-best in the NBA. However, their defense ranked near the bottom by allowing 104.9 points per game.
Washington started this year’s campaign in money-dropping fashion on Wednesday, when they lost 119-110 in overtime to Indiana in their season opener as the 2½-point favorites on the road.
– Wizards are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games.
– Wizards are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
– Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic.
– Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
– Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Celtics are favored to win tonight’s game by 7½-points with a game total of 205.
– Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
– Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
– Celtics are 17-36 ATS in their last 53 games as a home favorite.
– Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.
– Wizards are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.
– Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a road underdog.
– Wizards are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Analysis: It will take time for Boston to gel, so don’t be surprised to see a slightly sloppy game making for a low scoring affair. Also, the under is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings in Boston. Play under in this one and get an early start to the weekend with a money-making win.
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