Wizards vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks 2/9/24

Boston Celtics (38-12) vs Washington Wizards (9-40)

Game Info: Friday, February 9, 2024 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -16.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Wizards pay a visit to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Friday night. Here’s a Wizards vs Celtics Prediction.

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards have been in a real slump as they've lost 10 of their last 12 games overall and they will be hoping to put an end to a four-game slide after getting beaten by the Cavaliers in a 114-106 loss on Wednesday. Kyle Kuzma led the team with 28 points on 11 of 24 shooting, Corey Kispert added 23 points off the bench while Tyus Jones chipped in with 15 points and eight assists. As a team, the Wizards shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 40 from the 3-point line, but they did a nice job of staying with the Cavaliers in a tight contest, until the fourth quarter where they leaked 34 points thanks to the Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell who finished with a game-high 40 points. Jordan Poole had another quiet game as he finished scoreless on zero of five shooting. The Wizards will face the 76ers, Mavericks, and Pelicans after this game.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in great shape as they've won nine of their last 12 games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after outlasting the Hawks in a 125-117 win on Wednesday. Kristaps Porzingis led the team with 31 points on 13 of 19 shooting, Derrick White added 21 points with seven assists while Jayson Tatum chipped in with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 52 percent from the field and 17 of 49 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 71 points in the first half to take the narrow lead, but they couldn't shake the pesky Hawks until midway through the fourth quarter where they went on a pivotal 7-0 run to earn the win and improve to 24-3 at home this season.

Washington Wizards Player Facts

  • Tyus Jones ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assist:turnover ratio (7.1) this season.
  • Jordan Poole ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (86.8%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+9.6).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (47.5).
  • The Wizards rank 30th in the league for opponent assists per game this season (29.8).
  • The Wizards rank 30th in the league for rebounds per game this season (40.6).

Wizards vs Celtics Prediction

The Wizards are still a little shorthanded with Marvin Bagley and Isaiah Livers still out, while the Celtics are keeping an eye on Jayson Tatum who is currently listed as questionable with an illness. The Wizards have been one of the worst teams in the league all season and they've lost 10 of their last 12 games, but they looked like a different team in their narrow loss to the surging Cavaliers, but it's going to be tough to replicate that effort against the Celtics who have been so tough to beat at home. The line is hefty for this one, but the Celtics have already routed the Wizards once this season and I think we're in for a similar result in this one.

 

Peter’s Pick Boston -16.5

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