The compelling slate of Christmas Day matchups in the NBA include a must-see duel between Wizards’ John Wall and Celtics Kyrie Irving.
The Wizards and Celtics meet for the first time following an intense and intriguing Eastern Conference Semis that went seven games. However, the Wizards are up against a new-look Celtics team.
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Both teams entering Christmas Day lead their division, but the Wizards 18-15 record is a bit of a disappointment based on their lofty expectations entering the season.
However, the two teams just don’t like each other regardless of the current Celtics roster. Make sure to tune in to the highly-anticipated Wizards-Celtics battle today at 5:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics Odds
As expected, the Boston Celtics come into today’s Christmas Day matchup as the favorites against the Washington Wizards. According to SBR odds, the betting line continues to waver from Celtics as 5-point favorites by Bovada to as low as a 4-point favorite via Bookmaker.
History won’t put much confidence into picking the Wizards. Per Oddsshark.com’s database, the Wizards not only have lost their last nine games at TD Garden but also 0-9 against the spread.
Overall, including both regular or postseason, Washington is 3-17 overall on the road against Boston. Furthermore, the Wizards haven’t won in Boston since their 118-102 win on April 16, 2014.
Wizards vs. Celtics Predictions
The Washington Wizards come into their Christmas Day matchup with the Boston Celtics as the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference resulting from a start many didn’t expect after coming off nearly a 50-win season.
However, don’t expect the Celtics to blow out the Wizards by any means. Washington always seems to find a way to keep games close to highly-anticipated matchups, especially on national TV. Therefore, let’s examine some predictions and projections from around the sports world.
- FiveThirtyEight win probability: Wizards – 29 percent vs. Celtics – 71 percent
- OddsShark’s predicted score: Wizards – 100.4 vs. Celtics – 101.9
- Covers.com: Wizards – 33 percent vs. Celtics – 67 percent
How to Watch Wizards vs. Celtics
Below is information you need to watch the compelling Wizards-Celtics live stream, along with information on TV channel, radio, and more.
Date: Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Boston, MA | TD Garden Arena
TV Info: ABC
Announcers: Dave Pasch, Doris Burke
Live Stream: WatchESPN, ABC Live Stream
Radio: 1500 AM, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wizards superstar John Wall pointed out how almost all the Wizards-Celtics games are on national TV this season after electrifying moments from last year.
Wall told Candace Buckner of The Washington Post:
"I think it was a lot of no love between two teams. We didn’t like each other. Maybe we respect each other a lot but we didn’t like each other,” Wall said. “That’s the reason why we have almost damn near every game [between the two teams] on national TV, because they thought it would be the same rivalry, but they’re a different team."
Something to point out, both teams share nearly identical statistics:
- Field goal percentage: Wizards – 46 percent, Celtics – 45 percent
- 3-pointer percentgae: Wizards – 36 percent, Celtics – 37 percent
- Free throw percentage: Wizards – 77 percent, Celtics 77 percent
Nonetheless, a matchup between two of the NBA’s best point guards Wall and Irving is special. Not to mention, Marcus Smart is still a member of the Celtics, a player who sparked many heated altercations last year.
It’ll be interesting to witness the reaction Boston fans give Kelly Oubre Jr after his scuffle with former Celtics Olynck.