Boston And Brooklyn To Defend Home Court Against Conference Rivals

Friday, March 1, 2019 2:08 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 1, 2019 2:08 PM UTC

The Celtics desperately need a win post All-Star break and the Wizards at home is the perfect opponent. Brooklyn tries to keep distance between themselves and the Hornets.

<h2 style="text-align:center">Washington (25-36 SU, 27-34 ATS) at Boston (37-25 SU, 30-31-1 ATS)</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Friday 8 P.M. ET<br />Free NBA Pick: Celtics ATS<br />Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">Pinnacle</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569908, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,19,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Boston Celtics are in the midst of a four game losing streak coming out of the All-Star break and the drama is building surrounding a team that many believed would be the Eastern Conference representative in the NBA Finals. After an 0-3 road trip, the Celtics returned home Wednesday and dropped a 97-92 decision to the Portland Trail Blazers.</p><p>Boston didn't lead after the first quarter, but the result was an improvement after being routed 118-95 on Tuesday at Toronto. Kyrie Irving scored 31 points for the Celtics, who continue to struggle at a time when teams are trying to get into a playoff groove.</p><p>Washington is coming off a rare road win -- 125-116 at Brooklyn on Wednesday, improving to 8-24 away from home. Bradley Beal scored 31 points, and Trevor Ariza had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who had lost four straight overall and nine of 12. Washington pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Nets 33-19.</p><p>Reserve Thomas Bryant had 18 points, and Bobby Portis finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who led by as many as 28 points and out-rebounded Brooklyn 57-41. Beal converted 12 of 22 field goal attempts as he ended a torrid February. He averaged 30.9 points while shooting 52.4 percent from the field in the month.</p><p>Just because the Wizards are coming off of a big road win this week does not mean they are ready to start making a habit of it, the Wizards are 10-22 ATS on the road this season and are 7-17 after a win on the season. Do not look for them to break either one of these trends and for <a href="" target="_blank" title="More NBA Picks">Boston to snap their losing streak</a>.</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Charlotte (28-33 SU, 28-31-2 ATS) at Brooklyn (32-31 SU, 35-28-2 ATS)</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Friday 7:30 P.M. ET<br />Free NBA Pick: Nets ATS<br />Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">5Dimes</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569906, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,19,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Two of the three meetings between the teams have been filled with drama and the season series will conclude Friday night when the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Hornets - Nets Betting Odds">Hornets visit the Nets</a>.</p><p>The Nets are expected to a get a boost since Spencer Dinwiddie is set to return Friday. Dinwiddie has been out since Jan. 23 due to torn ligaments in his right thumb and practiced with Brooklyn's G-League team Thursday after coach Kenny Atkinson said he was close to returning.</p><p>When the teams last got together Saturday in Charlotte, Russell scored the last 12 points for Brooklyn and tied a career high with 40 points in a 117-115 victory. Brooklyn escaped with the win when Walker was blocked by LeVert on a play that could have been called a foul, but in the league's two-minute report, it was ruled to be a correct non-call.</p><p>Brooklyn has won two of the three meetings, including a wild 134-132 double-overtime home win on Dec. 26 when Joe Harris hit the tiebreaking layup with 3.4 seconds left in the second overtime. The Nets, sixth place in the Eastern Conference, enter 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit and are also in front of Charlotte, Miami, and Orlando in a tight race to remain or become playoff-eligible. A victory on Friday would give Brooklyn the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Hornets.</p><p>Brooklyn is 5-8 in its last 13 games and 2-4 in its last six home games after going 13-1 at home from Dec. 7-Jan. 29. On Wednesday, the Nets were unable to follow up a strong defensive showing in a 16-point home win over San Antonio and were handed a 125-116 loss to the Washington Wizards The Nets scored the first 10 points of the game but wound up trailing by as many as 28 points in the second half.</p><p>Charlotte struggles mightily on the road, as they <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds Board">are just 12-17 ATS away from home on the season</a>. The Nets should be able to take care of business at home and create some separation between themselves and the Hornets.</p>
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