FRIDAY NBA TIPS

Washington Wizards v Boston Celtics

Game 3 – 10.00am (AEST), Friday, May 5 @ Washington

Likely Line-ups:

  • Wizards – Otto Porter Jr, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal, John Wall
  • Celtics – Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, Al Horford, Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas

History: The Celtics have won 187 regular-season games to the Wizards’ 111, and hold an 11-6 advantage in the playoffs. The previous playoffs meeting was the 1984 first round. They shared their 4 regular-season clashes 2-2 this year, while the Celtics hold a 2-0 lead in this semi-final series.

Form: The Celtics topped the Eastern Conference with a 53-29 record – winning 9 of their last 12 in the regular season – before coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the first round against the Bulls to advance 4-2; they currently lead the Wizards 2-0 after 123-111 and 129-119 (OT) home wins. The 49-33 Wizards finished fourth despite 5 losses in their last 8 regular-season games, before getting past the Hawks 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs.

Stats: The Celtics have won 8 of their last 10 against the Wizards. The Wizards have won 5 of their last 7 at home against the Celtics. The teams’ last 7 clashes have been decided by margins of 8 or more. The Wizards went 30-11 at home in the regular season and are 3-0 in the playoffs; they have won 7 of their last 8 at Verizon Center. The Celtics went 23-18 on the road in the regular season and are 3-0 in the playoffs; they have won 5 of their last 6 away from Boston.

Final Thoughts: This has been a ripper of a series to date, with the Celtics chalking up a solid 12-point win in the opener before overcoming a five-point deficit at three-quarter time in Game 2 to force overtime, where they won by 10 points. Isaiah Thomas was the star of the second game, continuing his electric form with a record-breaking 53 points – the most in a playoffs game in 14 years. Not far behind, though, was the Wizards’ John Wall, who had 40 points and 13 assists. Their duel will again be crucial. For the Wizards, these two home games are must-win; they can’t go back to Boston 3-1 down. Fortunately, they have an excellent home record behind them and they are a great chance of getting off the mark – but the 5.5 start the in-form Celtics are being afforded is pretty hard to pass up.

Crow’s Tip: Boston Celtics +5.5 @ $1.93

TOP TIPS

Match

Crow’s Tip

Golden State Warriors v Utah Jazz

Golden State Warriors -12.5 @ $1.95

Washington Wizards v Boston Celtics

Washington Wizards 1-10 @ $2.52

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