NBA Predictions: Will Wizards struggle to cover vs. Celtics again? 3/20/17

Washington would cut the 20 point deficit to a 106-100 thriller with a Kelly Oubre Jr steal and slam dunk with just over two minutes left in the game. Before that, they were one short of equaling Houston's National Basketball Association record (set earlier this season) with 27 straight games of at least 10 3-pointers.

"I think it's the same as the last game".

The Boston Celtics scored a bruising 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday to maintain their grip on second place in the Eastern Conference standings. It's possible IT4 could get another DNP-rest down the stretch, but the good news for his fantasy owners is that the Celtics play three more times this week. Just trying to get it back as strong as I possibly can. Those guys don't like us, we don't like them.

Will the Wizards once again struggle to cover against the Celtics tonight when they visit Boston at 7:30PM ET? However, Boston came alive soon after and went on several big runs to head into halftime with a 58-47 lead. Returning after a two-game absence, the point guard still created all sorts of offense, earned 11 free throw attempts and finished with a +15 on the night, but missed his first three attempts at the rim, showing an atypical lack of burst in the paint. Wall came up limping after a driving, spinning basket in the third quarter, but stayed in the game. Thomas extended his club record with a trey in his 45th straight game. Box ScoreWith playoff implications on the line, the Wizards were out-rebounded badly by the Celtics and did not take care of the ball well in a tough game in Boston on Monday night.

There were four Boston police officers along the walls between the doors to the locker rooms when the media was allowed down the hall after the game. With 20 offensive rebounds, the Celtics set their season-high on the offensive glass, resulting in 22 second chance points.

"Avery, obviously, is a leader in that (playing great defense)", Stevens said.

"It was a question for other people", Thomas said with a smile. "Regardless of who we're playing against, there aren't any secrets". Ray Brewer won the 2015-2016 season, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015. Both teams were pretty efficient from the field early on.

Celtics: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

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