Tuesday NBA Preview

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Game 7 – 10.00am (AEST), Tuesday, May 16 @ 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 12-9 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 3-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. The Celtics won Game 5 at home 123-101 before the Wizards snatched a Game 6 thriller 92-91 in Washington to send it to a decider.

Stats: The Celtics have won 9 of their last 14 against the Wizards. The Celtics have won their last 8 at home against the Wizards. Ten of the teams’ last 11 clashes have been decided by margins of 8 or more. The Celtics went 30-11 at home in the regular season and are 4-2 in the playoffs; they have won 14 of their last 18 at TD Garden. The Wizards went 19-22 on the road in the regular season and are 1-5 in the playoffs; they have won just 3 of their last 12 away from Washington.

Final Thoughts: The Wizards forced a Game 7 decider thanks to the heroics of John Wall, who drained a clutch three in the dying seconds of the do-or-die Game 6. But is the Wall factor enough to combat the Wizards’ dismal record on the road? Poor away from Washington in general, TD Garden has been a real bogey venue for the Wizards, while the Celtics have been exceedingly strong at home – besides a couple of early losses to the Bulls in the first round. Isaiah Thomas also lifts a gear in front of the Boston faithful, and he should at least match Wall’s impact. The Celtics should also get more out of their big men, and Bradley Beal hasn’t shown he can step up to support Wall on a consistent basis in the post-season. The mercurial Wall can lift the underdogs to a place in the conference finals, but all signs point to the IT and the Celtics winning through to take on the Cavs later this week.

Crow’s Tip: Boston Celtics -5 @ $1.97



Crow’s Tip

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Over 209.5 @ $1.97

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

Boston Celtics 1-10 @ $2.60

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

1st Quarter – Boston Celtics -1.5 @ $1.89



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