Is Anybody Healthy? Depleted Celtics Home Underdogs vs. Wizards

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 4:13 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 4:13 PM UTC

Washington is coming off a game Tuesday, whereas Boston has not played since Sunday. Both teams will be shorthanded, which could lend itself to a lower-scoring game.

Wednesday NBA: Wizards vs. CelticsFree NBA Pick: Under 205½Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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After dealing with a devastating injury to Gordon Hayward to start the season, the Celtics are now really feeling the bite of the injury bug. Not only will Kyrie Irving (knee) be out for this one, but Al Horford is questionable with an illness after he sat out Sunday’s game.

If Horford can’t play, his name joins a long list of C’s sitting out tonight. Jaylen Brown (concussion) remains out, and Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis have been ruled out as well.

That makes for a short bench for Boston, and it could hurt their chances of covering the number on the NBA odds board. The C’s are +2.5 home underdogs and if Horford doesn’t play, Boston will have very little offense. However, with Washington star John Wall (knee) still sidelined, I can’t trust the Wizards to cover on the road.

The better play with your NBA picks might be the total of 205½. You can bet this total anywhere from 203 to 205½, and I think that brings us some great value on the "under."

Take a look at video from Boston’s last game. Once Irving went out, their offense looked lost against Indiana's underwhelming defense.

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Boston is 4-0 cashing the "under" as a home dog and 10-4 cashing the "under" as a dog overall this season. The Wizards are 11-4 cashing the "under" as a road favorite and 21-13 cashing the "under" on the road.

Look for those trends to continue tonight. With both teams down their star point guard, neither club might reach 100 points.

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