Celtics visit skidding Wizards in Wednesday NBA odds matchup


The Boston Celtics (16-10) are expected to have point guard Kyrie Irving in the lineup on Wednesday when they try to extend their winning streak to seven games against the Washington Wizards (11-16) in an Eastern Conference matchup. The Celtics opened as 2-point road favorites for the game on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com with Irving likely back from a shoulder injury.

Irving missed Boston's latest victory on Monday along with four of his teammates, with the rest of the squad knocking off the New Orleans Pelicans 113-100 as a 2.5-point home favorite. In addition to Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Aron Baynes and Guerschon Yabusele all sat out the win over the Pelicans due to various ailments after the Celtics routed the Chicago Bulls 133-77 as 7.5-point road favorites at the United Center on Saturday.

Hayward (illness) and Horford (knee) are the most notable ailing players besides Irving, with the former listed as doubtful and the latter questionable on the injury report. The Wizards are also dealing with injuries as they look to end a two-game losing streak, although point guard John Wall (foot) is expected to play while forward Otto Porter (knee) is questionable as well.

Historically speaking, Washington has given Boston some fits recently dating back to a second-round playoff matchup two years ago. The fourth-seeded Wizards lost that series in seven games to the top-seeded Celtics in 2017, but they have since won three of the last four regular-season meetings, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The most recent game between the teams took place last April 10 at Washington and resulted in a 113-101 victory for the host as a 7.5-point home favorite. The Wizards rallied back from a 30-22 deficit at the end of the first quarter behind a game-high 29 points and 12 assists from Wall. Irving and Hayward missed that game too with injuries along with Boston's playoff run.

Washington has dropped its last two games overall on the road both straight up and against the spread but has won four in a row at home SU and ATS. The Wizards will be playing their first game at Capital One Arena since December 1 after going 2-2 SU and ATS on a four-game road trip. The Celtics have gone a perfect 6-0 ATS during their current winning streak

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