Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Game 6 Preview
Where: Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
When: Friday, May 12, 2017 – 8:00 PM ET
Line: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards – total: 216.0– view all NBA lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
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Betting on the Boston Celtics (+180)
Our Game 5 preview talked a little bit about Isaiah Thomas hopefully getting some consistent help from his co-starters. Well, what do you know! That’s what exactly happened in the contest, and they smoked the Wizards, 123-101.
Thomas did score 18, but for once (thankfully!) he didn’t have to do most of the heavy lifting, as he acted more as a facilitator and dished out nine assists. It’s the other guys that mostly shined – Avery Bradley went off for a team-high 29 points on 12-for-19 shooting, Jae Crowder chipped in 18, and Al Horford was in his usual do-it-all mode to register 19 points, six boards, and seven dimes.
What the Celtics will now have to focus on is finding a way to match the Wizards’ intensity on the road, as they have failed at it miserably in Games 3 and 4.
At home during this series, the Cs are putting up 125 points on 52 percent shooting, but on the road, both stats go down to 95.5 points and 40 percent, while also committing 18 turnovers per game.
Betting on the Washington Wizards (-220)
The Wizards were just disappointing in Wednesday’s loss. They got people fooled with how they flowed through the first four games. After continually improving in the games prior, the team seemingly played uninspired basketball in the all-important Game 5, and it was one-sided right from the start.
John Wall and Bradley Beal combined to go 14-for-36 from the field, as the Wiz shot an awful 24.1 percent from three and 38.5 percent overall. What they displayed on offense and defense was a mixture of being lethargic and forcing the action a little too much.
Whatever mess they laid out in the previous game, the good thing is that they are returning to some comfortability for Game 6, which sounds favorable again. Like the Celtics, they, too, are smooth when playing at home. They averaged 118.5 points on 49.4 shooting in their Games 3 and 4 victories.
The Wizards (-5) won’t cover the spread, but they’ll win and force a Game 7, and fans will finally be treated to a close game, 116-113.
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