Boston at Washington Game 6 NBA Playoffs Betting Odds

Posted by Aaron . on May 11, 2017 in

The momentum has definitely swung back and forth mightily between the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Boston took a pair of bad losses down in Washington after roaring out to a 2-0 series lead, and then turned the tables again with superior ball movement and offensive balance, rolling to a 123-101 shellacking of Washington to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Now the teams prepare for Game 6 on Friday night from the Verizon Center.

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Boston at Washington Game 6 NBA Playoffs Betting Odds

When: Friday, May 12, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: ESPN
Radio: Boston / Washington
Live Stream: NBA.tv
NBA Odds: Wizards at -5

Why should you bet on the Celtics?

The Wizards kept focusing on shutting down Isaiah Thomas, but this time the Celtics responded by distributing the ball instead of waiting for Thomas to fight through the Washington defense. Avery Bradley put up a playoff career high with 29 points, and Al Horford chipped in 19 points, six boards and seven assists. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and dished out nine assists. By spreading the floor, the Celtics were able to avoid the physically punishing defense that Washington brings — and which had been the driving force behind that 26-0 run that Washington put up in the third period of Game 4 — draining 16 shots from downtown. If they can maintain that same sort of balance in Game 6, Boston can advance to take on the well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.

Why should you put your money on the Wizards?

The Wizards have not won a postseason game in Boston in 35 years. However, they have owned the Celtics in both of their postseason matchups at home this year. John Wall led the Wizards with 21 points, but the 0 for 8 shooting run that Washington went on while the Celtics were putting together a 16-0 scoring run during the first period put the Wizards in a hole they simply could not escape. If Washington returns to that physicality that they brought to Games 3 and 4, they should be able to force a Game 7 back in Boston.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

In the Chicago series, Boston was able to figure things out and turn their game up a notch in sweeping the last four contests. I saw them turn things up another notch with that ball distribution in Game 5 against Washington. I see them winning a bruiser in Washington, 102-98, to advance to the conference finals.