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Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Predictions, Picks and Preview – 2017 NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals Game Three

Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Predictions, Picks and Preview – 2017 NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals Game Three


Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Game 3 Preview

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 8:00 PM ET

Line: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizardsview all NBA lines

TV Broadcast: TNT

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Betting on the Boston Celtics

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Isaiah Thomas is as cold as iced tea in fourth quarters and he showed that again in Game 2, when he doused Washington with 29 of his game-high 53 points in the fourth period and overtime to help the Celtics to a 129-119 win.

Thomas has averaged 31.0 points on 46.7 percent shooting over his past five games and there are no signs he’ll slow down. Washington threw everything at him but the kitchen sink but the diminutive guard still managed to carve the Wizards’ defense up.

Thomas isn’t immune to going cold so the other Celtics’ will have to keep their scoring up. Besides Thomas, four other Boston players scored in double figures in Game 2, including 12 from Terry Rozier, who played 25 minutes off the bench.

Outside shooting has been a big reason why the Celtics are up 2-0 in the series. They drained 19 threes in Game 1 and made 13 in Game 2. Overall, the Celtics are shooting 51.1% from the field in this series.

Boston is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four road games.

Betting on the Washington Wizards

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John Wall did all he could but his efforts wasn’t enough to propel Washington to victory in Game 2. Wall went mano y mano with Isaiah Thomas, as he scored a team-high 40 points with 13 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.

The Wizards got just 14 points from Bradley Beal in Game 2 after the shooting guard made 27 in the series opener. Beal will have to find his usual offensive game. Wall and Beal, however, could use some help on offense, especially with fatigue possibly setting in for both players. Wall played 39 minutes in Game 1 and 47 more in Game 2. Beal had 40 and 47, respectively.

That help could come from Washington’s bench, which was outscored 11 points in Game 2. Bojan Bogdanovic and Brandon Jennings, who were both added to the team midseason to add fire to the Wizards’ second unit, combined for a grand total of zero points on 0-for-4 shooting in 20 total minutes. That will have to change for the better with Boston’s reserves outplaying their Washington counterparts so far.

Writer’s Prediction

­Washington wins and covers.

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