Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in decent shape as they've won four of their last six games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Knicks in a 120-103 home win on Friday.
TOP PERFORMERS: Marcus Morris is second on the Celtics with 2.1 made 3-pointers and averages 14.6 points while shooting 41.1 percent from beyond the arc. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 220 points. Washington is 24-and-32.
The Wizards are 17-21 against Eastern Conference opponents. Griffin is shooting 49.6 percent and has averaged 27.7 points over the last 10 games for Detroit. Jeff Green, who has been dealing with left hip tightness, played 28:04 and scored four points.
Chasson Randle made his first career National Basketball Association start at the point in Satoransky's absense (scoring five points in 18 minutes), but success hinged on winning down low. With the win, Detroit improved to 25-29 overall and 16-13 at home. Their opponents have averaged 102.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Their opponents have averaged 109.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting. The Pistons just recently added Wayne Ellington and he is questionable to debut for them tonight.
Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 19-39 ATS in their last 58 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 5-21 ATS in their last 26 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Pistons are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games when playing on two days of rest.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Wizards are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
The Pistons have been a tough team to figure out, but they clearly weren't selling at the trade deadline, so it may have put some focus into this squad. The arrival of Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker to Washington has given them a new look and they hope to get fully involved in the fight for the Playoffs.
Detroit has a unique but complicated opportunity to maintain that eighth place (and keep dreaming of climbing on the standings) when they meet the Wizards for the third time this season tonight. I expect that to be the difference.
The 6-foot-5 Beal attacks the basket, but once there he's faced with 6-foot-10 Blake Griffin ready to slam his shot back into his face.