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Hornets vs. Wizards NBA Betting Prediction from Teddy Covers: February 23rd 2018

Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards
NBA Prediction: Washington -3.5 (February 23rd 2018)

There’s a lot to like about the Washington Wizards right now.  The markets devalued the Wizards immediately after star point guard John Wall got hurt.  Since Wall’s injury, Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier have gotten the job done at the point in his absence; a duo that combined for 19 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists without a single turnover in the Wizards outright upset victory at Cleveland last night.

Wins and covers have been the norm, not the exception for Scott Brooks squad of late.  They’ve gone 8-2 SU, 8-2 ATS since Wall’s injury.  And both losses deserve an asterisk – they lost in OT against the top notch Celtics and on the second night of back-2-backs at surging Philly.  Last night’s win at Cleveland was just one outright upset during this span.  They also beat Toronto and OKC as home dogs during this recent span of excellence.

The advanced metric numbers show that Washington’s current surge is no accident.  Both their offensive and defensive stats have improved since Wall’s injury; most notably with the Wizards offense averaging more than four points per 100 possessions MORE than they did with Wall in the lineup.  The markets have devalued Washington just as they’ve surged!

All Star Bradley Beal, prior to last night’s win at Cleveland: “We take advantage of (the All-Star break) because we got a lot of guys banged up. We still got John out. ….I think (the break) came at a good time, although we were definitely on a nice, little run. We finished off well, going into All-Star (weekend), and we’ve got to pick it up right where we left off.”

Charlotte has struggled on the second night of back-2-backs all year: 3-7 SU, 3-7 ATS.  Their last win in this role came before Christmas, and they’ve lost by double digits on the second of back-2-backs three times in their last four tries.  Coming off a game against Brooklyn last night where shots were falling – the Hornets hit 52% from three point range on their way to hanging 111 on the Nets – it’s easy to picture a scenario tonight in which the Hornets don’t hit so many contested shots.   Undervalued commodity in Washington right now….. Take the Wizards.

Teddy went into the NBA All Star Break red hot and he came out of the All Star Break winning two out of three last night, now cashing his NBA at an 83% clip since February 12th!  Expect more winning results tonight with Teddy’s Tremendous Trifecta; a pair of NBA winners as well as Ohio State – Indiana in college hoops!  Get onboard!

NBA Pick: Will Rogers betting the Celtics -1.5 points on February 23rd 2018

Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics
NBA Point Spread Pick: Boston -1.5 (February 23rd 2018)

The set-up: The Pistons and Celtics each get back on the court for the first time since the All Star break. It sets up as the rubber match of the teams’ three-game season series, as each has won on the other’s home court. Detroit captured a 118-108 victory at Boston on Nov. 27 and Boston won 91-81 at Detroit on Dec. 10. Boston limped into the All-Star break off an 0-3 homestand while falling out of first place in the Eastern Conference (Toronto now owns a two-game lead on Boston). The Pistons ended three-game slide of their own, before they managed a 104-98 win over Atlanta prior to the break. Detroit is 5-3 with power forward Blake Griffin (acquired in the blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Clippers last month) in the lineup.

Boston: The break allowed guard Marcus Smart to heal a bit more and the PG, who cut his hand punching a framed picture in January, has been cleared to return Friday. Smart provides some much-needed defensive toughness plus averages 10.1-3.6-4.7. He’s one of seven double digit scorers, led by Irving’s 24.7 PPG (also 5.0 APG). Swingmen Brown (14.0 & 5.4) and Tatum (13.5 & 5.1) plus veteran power forward Horford (13.3-7.7-5.1) provide the team’s solid core. However, Boston is not a high scoring team, averaging 103.1 (25th). Defense has been the key for Brad Stevens’ bunch, as Boston allows 99.6 PPG (2nd) on 43.4% shooting (1st).

Detroit: The Pistons get back on the court looking to get back inside the playoff cutline. At 28-29, they currently sit 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Griffin fell an assist shy of a triple-double in the win over Atlanta and is averaging 20.4-8.0-6.1 in his eight games with Detroit. Center Andre Drummond had 13 points and 15 rebounds for his 12th straight double-double against the Hawks and checks in averaging 15.1 & 15.7 on the season. A key to Detroit’s playoff chances could be PG Reggie Jackson’s (14.6 & 5.5 APG) return. He last played Dec. 26 but has been cleared for light running and shooting from his ankle injury.

The pick: I have never thought that much of Griffin and while Detroit is just 12-18-1 ATS at home, Boston is an impressive 18-8 SU & 17-9 ATS on the road. The road team is the play.

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