Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Saturday Night December 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM EST.
The (10-17) Boston Celtics of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will make the trip from the Bay State where they lost Friday afternoon to Brooklyn to the Beltway to take on the (20-8) Washington Wizards of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division in 2014 NBA action. The teams will play at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. This Sports Handicapper believes Boston will finish at the bottom of the Atlantic and get an NBA Lottery pick in 2015. The Washington Wizards will compete with Atlanta for their divisional crown this season. The betting line has Boston as a ten-point road underdog Against The Spread, and the betting odds total is at 203 for Saturday’s game.
The 2014-15 Boston Celtics are getting used to their new point guard Jameer Nelson, who came over from Dallas. Boston is on a three-game losing streak and needs a win badly. Boston is allowing opponents nearly 105 points per contest and scoring over 100 points per game. The betting odds over is 4-0 Boston last four on the road vs. A team with a winning home record. The betting odds over is 7-1 the last eight between the teams. Boston is 2-3, going over the betting odds total once and staying under four times their last five NBA Expert Point Spread Predictions played on the road. The Boston Celtics have their star first round draft pick Marcus Smart back from a severe ankle injury. Guards James Young and Marcus Thornton are questionable for Saturday’s game with minor injuries. The key to a Boston win is to play defense. Head Coach Brad Stevens is finding coaching NBA players is different than in College but give him time.
The 2014-15 Washington Wizards are eyeing an Eastern Conference title after a great run in the 2014 playoffs. Washington gained confidence with last season’s playoff performance. Former number one overall pick John Wall is finally coming into his own. The Wizards have lost their last two at the Verizon Center but got a road win at New York on Christmas day. The betting odds over is 4-1 the last five times the teams have played in D.C. The Wizards are 2-4 Against The Point spread, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under four times their last six at home. The key to a Washington win is to push the basketball against a suspect Boston defense.
Free Pick: Washington-10.