THURSDAY NBA TIP SHEET

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Game 5 – 10.00am (AEST), Thursday, May 11 @ Boston

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 11-8 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 current series is locked 2-all.

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. 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. The Celtics jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Wizards after 123-111 and 129-119 (OT) home wins, but the Wizards have drawn level with 116-89 and 121-102 drubbings back in Washington.

Stats: The Celtics have won 8 of their last 12 against the Wizards. The Celtics have won their last 7 at home against the Wizards. The teams’ last 9 clashes have been decided by margins of 8 or more. The Celtics went 30-11 at home in the regular season and are 3-2 in the playoffs; they have won 13 of their last 17 at TD Garden. The Wizards went 19-22 on the road in the regular season and are 1-4 in the playoffs; they have won just 3 of their last 11 away from Washington.

Final Thoughts: The Wizards have done a spectacular job to turn this series around, dominating the in-form Celtics in Washington with back-to-back resounding wins. John Wall’s insane post-season has continued, but the key has been support from Beal, Morris and Gortat, along with production from the bench. Isaiah Thomas’ impact has been muted in the last two games – kept to under 20 points both times – but he will be harder to contain back at TD Garden. The series has favoured the home team dramatically throughout, while the Wizards have been poor on the road for a couple of months and winning away during the playoffs has proven problematic. The Celtics have been very strong at home and know they can ill-afford to go back to Washington for a Game 6 down 3-2; they should be favoured to get the job done.

Crow’s Tip: Boston Celtics -4.5 @ $1.99

TOP TIPS

Match

Crow’s Tip

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Over 215 @ $1.89

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Boston Celtics 1-10 @ $2.64

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Boston Celtics/Boston Celtics @ $1.91

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