The week will open up with a pair of intense playoff games. In the NBA, the neck and neck matchup of the Wizards and the Celtics will have their inevitable Game 7, while in the NHL, the Senators are hoping to slide the defending champs, Pittsburgh Penguins, to a two-zip hole.
Read on and know which teams are good to bet on!
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Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics (8:00 PM ET)
Line: Washington Wizards (+5) vs. Boston Celtics (-5); total: 210.0 – view all NBA lines
With the home team reigning supreme in every game of the series (winning margin is 15.1 points), the Celtics should be feeling pretty pumped and confident for tomorrow’s all-out war. Isaiah Thomas is sure to light up the scoreboard, and he’s found some consistent big time help in Avery Bradley, who’s been in some rhythm in his last two games (28.0 PPG on 59.4 percent shooting). Through those two, the Cs are scoring 125 PPG in their last three games at home.
For the Wiz, this will be about John Wall’s leadership. His production so far (26.3 PPG, 10.2 APG) and Game 6 game-winner is great and all, but knockout games are where legends are made, especially for this particular series, where the visiting team has been thrashed in five out of six times.
The Celtics advance, 109-10
Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 PM ET)
Line: Ottawa Senators (+170) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (-200); total: 5.5 – view all NHL lines
The Senators have to be excited after Game 1’s thrilling, home ice advantage-stealing, 2-1 OT win. They displayed a good all-around effort, especially Craig Anderson, who had 27 saves (.964 save percentage). If they are able retain the focus and tenacity on both ends, they may come home holding a 2-0 lead.
Despite the underwhelming Game 1, no one should be ready to count out or even doubt the powerhouse Penguins. They currently own the Stanley Cup trophy for a reason, and it’s simply hard to imagine that the stat-stuffing duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will let the Pens go on the road facing a two-game deficit.
Also, Pittsburgh’s defense still did well overall. Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves and just fell a little short in the extra period.
The Penguins tie the series, 3-1.
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