Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+5.5)
The Washington Wizards (12-18) head to TD Garden on Sunday where they'll take on the Boston Celtics (16-17). The line on this matchup has Boston as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 222.
The Washington Wizards took the court against the Denver Nuggets and notched a win by a score of 112-110 in their last contest. Washington ended with a 47.7% FG percentage (41 of 86) and buried 8 out of their 26 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Wizards made 22 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 88.0%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 42 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 24 dimes in the matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 18 turnovers and getting 9 steals. When discussing defending, Washington let their opponent shoot 43.5% from the floor on 37 out of 85 shooting. Denver doled out 23 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. In addition, Denver had 44 rebounds (12 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Denver finished the game at 87.5% at the charity stripe by converting 21 of 24 tries. They converted 15 out of their 38 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Bradley Beal is one guy who was a major factor for this contest. He racked up 33 points on 10 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 36:28 minutes played and also totaled 4 rebounds. Beal shot 52.6% from the floor and recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that played a role in this contest for the Wizards was Rui Hachimura. He pulled down 5 rebounds in his 38:11 min played on the night. He shot 56.3% from the field in this contest by connecting on 9-of-16 (20 points). When the final whistle was blown, Hachimura totaled 2 assists.
Washington steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 12-18 for the campaign. They have an average of 114.5 pts per game (9th in basketball) while connecting on 46.0% from the floor. The Wizards are connecting on 34.3% on 3-point shots (337 of 982) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Washington is pulling down 44.6 boards per game and has 754 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 23rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 14.1 times per game and as a team they are committing 22.0 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end, the Wizards are able to force 14.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 22.2 personal fouls. The Wizards are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.5% (445 of 665) and they relinquish 47.1 boards per contest as a team. They are 4th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 715 relinquished for the year. They are relinquishing 38.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 29th in basketball in PPG allowed (119.5).
For their last game, the Boston Celtics took home the win by a final score of 118-112 when they played the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics recorded 38 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 45 in this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while recording 3 steals for the game. The Pacers committed 22 personal fouls in this contest which got the Celtics to the free throw line for a total of 29 attempts. They were able to convert 25 of the free throws for a rate of 86.2%. With regard to three-point attempts, Boston knocked down 9 of their 22 tries (40.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Celtics went 42 for 82 from the floor which had them shooting 51.2%. The Celtics allowed the Pacers to convert 35 of their 89 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 39.3% in the game. They shot 32.6% from behind the 3-point line by going 15 out of 46 and walked away from this one shooting 27 out of 29 from the free throw line (93.1%). In relation to rebounding, Boston allowed Indiana to pull down 40 in total (8 offensive).
Kemba Walker was important for the Celtics in this game. He knocked down 10 of 19 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 52.6%, and accumulated 3 rebounds. Walker totaled 32 points in his 33:13 mins on the court and earned 6 dimes in the game. An additional guy that was important for Boston was Daniel Theis. He left the arena with 1 assist in 30:12 minutes played, and he converted 6 of 9 from the floor. Theis finished going 66.7% from the field while totaling 17 points and 4 total rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss record of 16-17 this season. As an offensive unit, the Celtics are connecting on 46.3% from the floor, which ranks them 16th in the league. Boston has scored 3,661 pts for the season (110.9 per game) and they snag 43.8 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.1 times per contest (28th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per game. The Celtics have committed 21.2 personal fouls every game while shooting 76.8% from the charity stripe. The Celtics on the defensive side of the court are 7th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 110.4. They are forcing 14.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (14th in the NBA). The Boston defense concedes 35.8% from downtown (393 of 1,097) and opponents are converting on 79.8% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 23.3 dimes and 42.5 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 5th and 7th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington (+5.5)
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