Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 8/13/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Location: AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Boston -10.5
Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics (48-23, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) host the Washington Wizards (24-47, 4th in the Southeast Division) at AdventHealth Arena on Thursday. The spread on this game has Boston as 10.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 230.5.
The Wizards are covering 47.8% of the time, having gone 33-36-2 ATS. Boston is covering 61.2% of the time, going 41-26-4 against the spread.
Key Washington Wizards Injuries
10/18/19 PG John Wall Achilles is out for season
08/11/20 PG Shabazz Napier Ankle is questionable Thursday vs Boston
08/02/20 SG Garrison Mathews Personal is out indefinitely
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
No key injuries to report
Rui Hachimura comes into this contest averaging 13.5 points per game while playing 30.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 83%. Thomas Bryant averages 13.0 points per game in 24.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.8 assists per contest and 7.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 58% for the year while his free throw percentage is 75%.
Jayson Tatum averages 23.4 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 7.0 rebounds per game and has 3.0 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. Kemba Walker averages 20.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.9 rebounds per contest and 4.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
Washington averages 114.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 20th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 8th in the league. They average 41.8 rebounds per game and 25.1 assists per game, which ranks them 29th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 14.1 per game. The Wizards allow 119.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 29th and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.1 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 25.2 assists per contest, which puts them in 23rd place in the league. They force 16.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston is 9th in the league with 114.0 points per game this year. They are 14th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 6.5. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They are 8th in the league in rebounding with 46.0 boards per game, and 25th in assists per contest with 23.0. The Celtics are 24th in turnovers per game with 13.7. The Celtics surrender 107.5 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 22.4 assists allowed per contest and 10th with 44.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Celtics are 22nd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per game.
The Wizards are 13th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.1, and their defensive rating of 115.8 is ranked 30th. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 21st. As a team they are 18th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 21st in the league. Washington is 24th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the league.
Boston is 25th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 27th in the league. The Celtics are 3rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.6, and their defensive rating of 107.1 is ranked 4th. In terms of pace they are 17th in the league with 99.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 13th. As a team they are 11th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 14th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Wizards/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington +10.5
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