- The Celtics visit the Wizards on Tuesday, March 28
- Boston is a heavy 11.5-point favorite
- Can they cruise to a big win? Find the Celtics vs Wizards odds and prediction below
The surging Boston Celtics (52-23, 24-14 away) will be in DC on Tuesday night for a road matchup with the depleted Washington Wizards. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM ET at Capital One Arena. Continue reading for the Celtics vs Wizards odds.
Boston has won three straight and just destroyed the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday despite Jayson Tatum sitting with hip soreness. He’s back in the mix for this contest. Washington meanwhile fell to 2-8 in their last 10 with a 114-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors over the weekend. Kyle Kuzma and Bradley Beal remain out with injuries.
Celtics vs Wizards Odds
|Boston Celtics||-11.5 (-110)||-750||OFF|
|Washington Wizards||+11.5 (-110)||+550||OFF|
The C’s are laying 11.5 points here but have actually gone just 16-17 as an ATS road favorite. Their moneyline odds sit at a steep -750. The Wizards come back at +550 for an implied win probability of only 15.38%. Boston has also won four in a row against Washington, covering this spread in all but one of their meetings.
Odds as of March 27th at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Celtics Eyeing Top Seed
After a brief cold spell, Boston, the pre-season NBA Finals favorite, is back to its winning ways. They’re 7-3 in the last 10 and have lost just once in their previous six outings. This current unbeaten run is extremely impressive because Joe Mazzulla’s squad has beaten all three opponents by an average of 30.6 points. Yes, you read that correctly.
First, the C’s dismantled the Kings before having their way with the Pacers. Then on Sunday, Jaylen Brown led the way in an eye-popping 44-point win. The 26-year-old took the bull by the horns without Tatum, erupting for 41 points. He’s now averaging over 30 points in his last eight contests. Needless to say, Brown is hands down the best second option in the Association.
Highest scoring averages in the East over the past week:
1. Jayson Tatum – 35.0 PPG (55.1 FG%)
2. Jaylen Brown – 31.7 PPG (55.9 FG%)
Julius Randle – 31.7 PPG (50.8 FG%)
4. Joel Embiid – 30.8 PPG (52.1 FG%)
5. Mikal Bridges – 30.3 PPG (49.4 FG%) pic.twitter.com/CTmaYZm1FO
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) March 27, 2023
Boston shot the lights out in San Antonio, draining 57% of their field goals and also converting 18 of 44 triples. The battle on the boards was also extremely one-sided, with the Celtics outrebounding the Spurs 61-38. Gregg Popovich’s group was no match for the high-flying C’s and I expect a lot of the same on Tuesday with two of Washington’s best players on the shelf.
Wizards Season is Basically Done
Although Washington is just 3.5 games behind the Chicago Bulls who sit in the final play-in spot, their campaign is basically over. Kuz is battling an ankle sprain, while Beal has knee soreness. With not a lot left to play for, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Wizards shut down both of them for the remainder of the regular season. After all, there are just seven games remaining.
Porzingis once again played great on Sunday in Toronto, but it wasn’t enough to defeat a Raptors team fighting for the best possible seeding for the play-in in the NBA Playoff Bracket. The big man finished with 26 points and six boards. Elsewhere, Corey Kispert contributed 19 points, with 15 of them coming from long range. DC shot 44% from downtown.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 27, 2023
Turnovers proved to be costly for Washington though, coughing it up 16 times. Toronto took full advantage, scoring 25 points off their mistakes. While the Wizards return home Tuesday, Boston is going to be a very tough matchup, especially with a shorthanded rotation.
Celtics vs Wizards Prediction
If Beal and Kuzma were on the court, I’d give Washington a chance to cover. But without the duo and Tatum returning for the Celtics, the visitors should comfortably cover and collect a fourth consecutive blowout victory.
Pick: Celtics -11.5 (-110)