The Boston Celtics-Washington Wizardsbasketball gambling series returns to the TD Garden where the home team has been the opposite of the series against the Bulls. The Wizards tied the series 2-2 on Sunday at home thanks to a terrific performance on both ends of the court. Washington forced 20 turnovers which resulted in 34 points – 21 of which came in the third quarter, when they went on a 26-0 run to basically decide the game, which ended 121-102.
Time: 8:05 PM
Venue: TD Garden
Sportsbook NBA online betting odds:
Wizards +4½ (-110) 215½ (-110) +160
Celtics -4½ (-110) 215½ (-110) -185
Key players: John Wall missed his first nine field goals but converted eight of his last 14 to finish with 27 points. Wall added 12 assists for his 10th straight postseason games with 20 or more points and seven or more assists – two more games than His Airness Michael Jordan. Bradley Beal lead the team with 29 points and Otto Porter had 18.
Recent form: The Wizards have won their last five home games in a row and four of their last six overall. However, they have lost five of their last six road games and two thirds of their last 12 against the Celtics.
NBA online betting odds trends: Washington has only been able to cover in one fifth of their last five games on the road, and is 4-7-1 against the spread in the last 12 meetings with Boston. The basketball gambling total has gone over four of Washington’s last five games, over in five of the Wizards’ last six on the road, and over in five of their last seven games versus the Celtics.
Key players: Isaiah Thomas scored fewer than 20 points in back-to-back playoff games for the first time in his career, and missed his last six shots on Sunday. It was also the second game this postseason that Thomas did not make a trip to the free-throw line, something which he attributed to the officials turning a blind eye to Wizards’ fouls. “I can’t be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen and I don’t even shoot one free throw,” Thomas said after the game.
Recent form: The Celtics finally got the home grove on winning the first of the series straight. They have to work on winning away from – which wasn’t a problem against the Bulls – but for now the series returns to the Garden where Boston has won 20 of the last 25. In addition to that, they have prevailed the last times that they have hosted Washington.
NBA online betting odds trends: Boston has covered in six of their last eight games but only in four of the last 12 at home. Nonetheless, the Celtics’ local dominance of the Wizards extends to the spread; they are 5-0 ATS in Washington’s last five visits. The basketball gambling total has gone over in 80% of the Celtics’ last five home games, and over in eight of their last 11 games when facing the Wizards at home.