NBA Playoffs Thursday Preview
Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards
Thursday, May 4, 8 p.m. (ET) ESPN
NBA Pointspread: Washington -5
Total Line: 219
Boston lost the first two games in its opening round playoff series against Chicago closing as a home favorite, but since then it has gone a perfect 6-0 both straight-up and against the spread to eliminate the Bulls in six games and take a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 of this Eastern Conference Semifinals clash. The total went OVER the 218.5-point line in Tuesday’s 129-119 overtime victory against Washington in which the Celtics closed as five-point favorites at home. The total has gone OVER in the first two games after staying UNDER their previous four contests.
It was the ‘Isaiah Thomas Show’ in Game 2 that ended with Boston outscoring the Wizards 15-5 in overtime. He ended the game with 53 points while going 18-for-33 from the field. The Celtics shot 51.1 percent from the field and they connected on 13-of-36 shots from three-point range. Their scoring average through eight postseason contests now stands at 109.0 points per game.
The Wizards also needed six games to get past Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs after losing a pair of games on the road both SU and ATS. With the total going OVER closing line in Tuesday’s loss, it has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in six of their first eight postseason games. Washington brings a SU 7-1 record in its last eight home games into Thursday’s Game 3.
John Wall did his best to keep pace on the scoreboard with 40 points in Tuesday’s loss and the rest of Washington’s starters ended that game with at least 13 points apiece. The Wizards connected on 46.5 percent of their shots from the field, but they went just 10-for-34 from beyond the arc. Washington ended the regular season ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring with an average of 109.2 PPG and it has now scored at least 111 points in its last three outings.