John Wall and the Washington Wizards will look to hold down the fort at home while avoiding elimination against Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics when they square off in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday night.
If you’re wondering whether Wall and the Wizards can continue the series-long trend of the home winning and covering the spread, let’s find out right now.
A Closer Look At The Celtics Vs Wizards Game 6 NBA Betting Odds & TV Info
When: Friday, May 12 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Verizon Center
TV: ESPN, SPORTSNET ONE
Radio: 1500 AM, 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: Washington -5 / Total: 216
Why Bet the Boston Celtics Odds
The best reason to back the Celtics (60-33 SU, 47-44 ATS) in Game 6 is that it is the first chance for them to dispatch the feisty Wizards in what has been the most competitive series this postseason. Another good reason to back the C’s is that Boston was the last team to win on the road against their Eastern Conference rivals by beating the Wiz 116-91 in January of 2016.
Boston should have plenty of confidence after recording an emphatic 123-101 win over Washington in Game 5 on Wednesday night to easily cover the NBA betting line as a 4-point home favorite. Last but not least, Boston is looking like a better bet in this road contest because of the eye-opening play of veteran shooting guard Avery Bradley who scored a team-high 29 points on Wednesday.
“It can’t just be Isaiah Thomas every night,” Bradley said afterward. “Tonight it happened to be me. Next game it could be Marcus Smart. You just have to be prepared. “If we’re able to understand that and (Thomas is) able to believe in us, the sky’s the limit.”
Why Bet the Washington Wizards Odds
The best reason to back the Wizards (55-38 SU, 47-45 ATS) in Game 6 is that they’ve got a pair of all-star guards in Wall and Bradley Beal and have answered the bell every time they’ve had their backs up against the wall, no pun intended.
Washington has compiled an impressive 35-11 record at home this season and has won all five of their home playoff games this postseason, including both matchups against Boston while going 4-1 ATS over the span. Wall and Beal will be looking to have big games after being limited to 21 and 16 points respectively in Game 5 while shooting a combined 14 of 36 from the floor and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Before this series started, I told NBA bettors everywhere that I liked the home team to win and cover the spread in each game, and so far, that has held true to form.
For Game 6, I’m expecting a Washington win and ATS cover mostly because the Wiz are desperate – and playing on their home floor. While Boston has gone 7-2 ATS in their last nine games, the home team in this rivalry has gone 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings while the favorite has gone 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
With Boston going 0-4 ATS in their last four visits to the nation’s capital, I say keep it simple and back John Wall and the Wizard to win and cover the NBA betting line.