NBA Playoffs Wednesday Preview
Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics
Wednesday, May 10, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT
NBA Pointspread: Boston -4.5
Total Line: 215
The Wizards won all three of their home games against Atlanta straight-up to take that opening round series in six games and it just hammered Boston two straight times at home by a combined 46 points to even this Eastern Conference Semifinal series at two games apiece. Unfortunately, they have to play this game on the road where they have gone 1-4 both SU and against the spread in five previous postseason contests.
To try and break this pattern, Washington is going to need another stellar effort from John Wall and Bradley Beal as the team’s top two scorers. After they each averaged 23.1 points in the regular season, Wall has bumped things up to 28.8 points per game in the playoffs with Beal adding 23.6 PPG. The Wizards ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring during the regular season with 109.2 points a game and through 10 postseason games this year they have been able to score at least 111 points in each of their last five outings.
Boston has also played night and day in this series starting with the lopsided victories at home in the first two games. Following two losses at home to Chicago (SU and ATS) in the opening round of the playoffs, The Celtics responded with six wins in a row both SU and ATS. The total has gone OVER in the two home games against the Wizards after staying UNDER in the final four games against the Bulls. The winning team in the first four games of this conference semifinals matchup has posted at least 116 points.
Much of Boston’s success in the postseason can be attributed to the elevated play of Isaiah Thomas, who has been dealing with the recent death of his sister. He put up 53 points in a 129-119 victory in Game 2 with the Celtics listed as five-point home favorites and his scoring average through 10 postseason games stands at 25.6 PPG. Boston was seventh in the NBA in scoring in the regular season with 108.0 PPG and it has averaged 120 points in its last three home games.