Bradley Beal posts 18 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists in Wizards' loss

Isaiah Thomas’ strange stay with the Cavaliers is over

Isaiah Thomas’ strange stay with the Cavaliers is over

That has been the case for the Wizards so far without John Wall as they are averaging 113.5 points per game while allowing 105.7 points per game.

Julius Randle added 17 points and Kyle Kuzma had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have won four consecutive games and 12 of their past 16. The second (another 3-shot foul on Irving during the overtime) was a foul.

No Irving is focused on the present and a Boston team that has just won its 40th game of the season.

The Celtics own a seven-game lead over Irving's former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Will the Celtics make a deal? "We'll continue to get more used to playing with him". This was also the first time since January 12 that Beal committed fewer than 2 turnovers in a game. Jaylen Brown's 18 points also helped the Celtics to a fifth win in six. The New Orleans, LA native recorded 11.3 points on 62.6% shooting and 8.0 rebounds in addition to his six double-doubles in 20 games with the Suns. On the season, James is scoring more than 26 points per game, dishing out 8.7 assists per game, and ripping down 8 rebounds per game. SF - Otto Porter Jr. He has averaged 23.0 points in 19 lifetime meetings, but that scoring average ticks up to 26.9 in ten road contests.

Irving scored a team-high 28 points in Thursday's win. But a couple of ill-advised fouls as Irving attempted three-pointers - one with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation, the other early in overtime - led to six Irving points at the free-throw line that sealed the Wizards' fate.

“They’ve still got Le Bron James. I think everything else at that point is irrelevant.”

Boston has taken five straight from the Pacers, including a pair of SU wins in IN earlier this season, according to the OddsShark NBA Database. Defensively, Boston is 2nd in the National Basketball Association allowing just under 99 points per game. With the loss, Boston dropped to 39-16 overall and 18-8 on the road. Boston is 6-2 SU and ATS in its last eight games as a road underdog of three points or less.

The over/under is 205 points, and the over has been the strong play of late as it has gone 4-1 in the last five meetings.

Victor Oladipo, who missed his team's loss to Washington on Monday night because of illness, was ready to play the game that wasn't played Wednesday. "That's one of the positives we have on our team is our versatility from our wings and our bigs".

In the case of the Wizards, they started slow and never recovered, though the fact Satoransky is not Wall is a contributing factor of having an offense out of sync when it needs to score points.

Brad Stevens stated an hour and a half before tip-off Thursday night that he was unsure whether or not newly-acquired big man Greg Monroe would be making his Celtics debut against the Washington Wizards.

So where does that leave these division leaders? Kyrie Irving made his return to the starting lineup but had just 18 points, Terry Rozier led the team with 18 points and four assists off the bench while Marcus Morris chipped in with 12 points. So the swing vote here is Irving, and that should be enough for Boston to squeak out a 102-99 victory.

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