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#583 Washington Wizards 228 vs.
#584 Boston Celtics -7.5
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
TD Garden, Boston
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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 Beal

Wizards 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 weeks

There 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.

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Given the struggles from the Wizards this season, I’m surprised the Celtics aren’t double-digit favorites heading into this game. Beal isn’t playing the brand of superstar basketball it takes to carry a team as bad as the Wizards. It’s the same team that got beat by 13 points at home by the Cavaliers. If they can’t even compete with the Cavaliers at home, they aren’t competing with the hottest team in the Eastern Conference on the road.

There aren’t enough shooters on the court to give Beal the help he desperately needs. Perhaps it wouldn’t be as glaring of an issue if the Wizards could actually play defense, but that part of their game has yet to manifest. They’re a flawed team compromised on both ends of the floor taking on one of the best two-way teams in the league.

It’ll be interesting to see how well the Celtics adjust without Hayward on the floor. I’d be willing to wager it won’t be a significant adjustment considering he’s sat out as many games as he’s played since his arrival to Boston. I’m taking another astonishing effort by Walker, Brown and Tatum leading to another lopsided victory for the Celtics on Wednesday.

Prediction: Boston Celtics (-9)

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There are times when the Wizards are humming on offense to the point where their long list of problems fade into the background. They dropped 158 points against the Houston Rockets in late October. Of course, they still lost the game somehow, but they can be a dangerous team when Beal is playing at his best. I’m banking on an awakening of sorts on Wednesday night against the Celtics. He’ll be up for the game and put on a good enough showing to help push the over as the winning bet. The Celtics will have the easy work against a team that has already given up two 131-point games.

Prediction: Over (228)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.