When and where: November 13, 2019, TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:30 PM ET
The streaking Boston Celtics will be looking for a ninth consecutive win on Wednesday night when hosting the visiting Washington Wizards. Perennial All-Star guard Kemba Walker has fit right into the Celtics’ sensational core lineup to the point where the team hasn’t even lost a game since the season-opener. They are coming off a 116-106 home win over the Dallas Mavericks and looking to continue that run of success against the slumping Wizards. Since beating the Detroit Pistons, the Wizards have returned to their losing ways with back-to-back defeats at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers.
Struggles continue for BealWizards All-Star Bradley Beal is learning it isn’t easy carrying the weight of an entire franchise on your shoulders. He’s getting all of the attention on the floor, and it has culminated into him becoming a lesser version of the burgeoning star from last season. He went 3-of-9 from 3-pointer and 8-of-21 from the floor for 20 points in a 113-100 loss to the Cavaliers.
While he’s averaging 26.1 points per game, he is also shooting 40.4 percent from the floor and 29.3 percent on 3-pointers. That’s not a good sign heading into Wednesday’s game against a Celtics team ranking top-10 in defensive efficiency. There’s a reason why they’ve only lost one game so far this season. Few teams are truly capable of dominating on both ends of the court, and they could be a real problem for a Wizards team that leans so heavily on one star.
It doesn’t help matters that the Wizards are the third-worst team in defensive efficiency and the sixth-worst scoring defense in the league. So they are going to have a hard time of keeping Walker, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum from shooting them out of the building.
Celtics lose Hayward for six weeksThere is plenty of buzz surrounding the Celtics after their explosive start to the season. Yet, they could come back down to Earth a bit after receiving news of forward Gordon Hayward being out for six weeks after undergoing surgery on Monday for a broken hand. The Celtics have a deep enough roster for a collective effort to make up for the loss, but there is no one player replicating the production they were getting from Hayward averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
It could become a problem in the long run, but it isn’t likely to be an issue in Wednesday’s game against the Wizards’ porous defense. Walker has been everything the Celtics dreamed he could be in their lineup, and he should be able to create havoc with the ball in his hands against a Wizards team allowing a 47.0 shooting percentage.
Perhaps their only concern is awakening the sleeping giant in Beal. There have been signs of his burgeoning elite superstar potential, but things haven’t exactly panned out the way the Wizards hoped this season. But it could only be a matter of time before he taps back into that same otherworldly potential. Even a top-ranked defense like the Celtics would have a problem defending that version of Beal.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Wizards are 10-26 ATS in their last 36 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- Wizards are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Wizards are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games against teams in the Eastern Conference.
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
- Celtics are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games against teams in the Eastern Conference.
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Celtics are 21-7-2 ATS in their last 30 Wednesday games.