Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 2/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-5.5)
The Boston Celtics (13-12) go to Capital One Arena on Sunday where they'll take on the Washington Wizards (6-17). The odds on this matchup have Boston as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 231.5.
The Boston Celtics took the court against the Detroit Pistons and took a loss by a score of 108-102 in their last game. Boston finished with a 43.9% FG percentage (36 out of 82) and converted 8 of their 27 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 22 of their 30 attempts for a rate of 73.3%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they earned 44 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 15 assists for this contest as well as getting 9 steals and 2 blocks. In the matter of defense, Boston allowed the other team to go 43.0% from the floor on 34 of 79 shooting. Detroit totaled 25 assists and had 3 steals for the contest. In addition, the Pistons snagged 44 rebounds (6 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Detroit shot 83.3% at the free throw line by making 25 of 30 tries. They also converted 15 of 38 attempts from distance.
Jayson Tatum is one guy who was a contributor for this game. He finished with 33 points on 9 out of 22 shooting. He played for 40:35 mins and also grabbed 11 boards. Tatum ended up shooting 40.9% from the floor and dished out 7 assists. An additional guy that came through in this contest for the Celtics was Jaylen Brown. He grabbed 6 rebounds and also had 2 assists. He went 52.4% from the floor for this contest by shooting 11-of-21 (27 points). In all, Brown played for 36:20 minutes.
Boston will play this contest with a mark of 13-12 for the year. They cough up possession 14.0 times per game and as a group they commit 20.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Boston is snagging 43.8 rebounds per game and has accumulated 557 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 29th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Celtics are shooting 38.5% on shots from 3-point land (313 of 814) and 75.8% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 110.8 points per outing (19th in basketball) while going 46.4% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Celtics are able to force 14.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. The Celtics are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.0% (365 of 496) and they concede 42.3 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 6th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 587 surrendered this year. They are giving up 36.1% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 7th in the league in points per game from their opponents (109.6).
When they last played, the Washington Wizards took a loss by a score of 109-91 when they faced the New York Knicks. The Wizards snagged 37 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 in this game. They also turned away 5 tries while earning 5 steals in this matchup. The Knicks were called for 22 personal fouls for the contest which took the Wizards to the free throw line for 20 shots. They were able to bury 14 of those for a percentage of 70.0%. Regarding 3-pointers, Washington made 9 of their 34 tries (26.5%). When the game finished, the Wizards walked away from this one shooting 34 out of 89 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.2%. The Wizards allowed the Knicks to bury 44 of their 98 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 44.9% for the game. They finished 25.0% from distance via 6 of 24 and finished the game at 15 of 22 from the free throw line (68.2%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Washington allowed New York to get 65 overall (15 offensive).
Russell Westbrook ended up being a major contributor for the Wizards for the contest. He converted 10 of 22 in the game giving him a rate of 45.5%, which had him sitting at 23 points. Westbrook totaled 9 boards in his 34:32 mins of time on the hardwood and had 10 dimes for the contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Washington was Garrison Mathews. He accumulated 14 points in his 25:20 mins on the hardwood via 4 out of 13 shooting for the contest. Mathews ended the game having shot 30.8% from the field while collecting 2 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Washington has a win-loss record of 6-17 for the season. The Wizards are committing 22.2 personal fouls every game and they hit 75.6% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 24.8 times per game (15th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.9 times per game. Washington has totaled 2,596 points on the year (112.9 per contest) and they grab 43.9 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Wizards are shooting 45.0% from the field, which has them ranked 21st in the NBA. The Wizards on defense are ranked 30th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 120.3. They allow 24.3 assists and 47.6 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 13th and 26th in basketball. The Washington defense allows 39.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (307 of 778) and their opponents are converting on 79.0% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 48.1% from the floor (29th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (-5.5)
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