National Basketball Association: Eastern Conference Semifinals
Game 4 BOS vs. WAS Best-of-7: BOS Leads 2-1
Boston Celtics (53-29, 23-18 away) at Washington Wizards (49-33, 30-11 away)
May 7, 2017- 6:30 PM ET (TV TNT) Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Doing what was needed in Game 3 with a resounding victory, the Washington Wizards will be seeking a repeat performance when they battle the Boston Celtics once again in a Game 4 matchup in a Sunday afternoon clash that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Celtics Lines: Bovada Spread (+5) ML +155
Best Wizards Lines: MyBookie Spread (-4.5) ML -190
Over/Under: MyBookie 216.0
With a strong, physical start in Game 3 and never letting up, the Wizards powered their way to a 116-89 shellacking of the Celtics on Thursday to pull within one game of evening up this best-of-seven semifinal series where Boston leads 2-1.
But as the Wizards enter Sunday, they will be without reserve Kelly Oubre Jr., who has been suspended for Game 3 following a ‘dust up’ with Boston center Kelly Olynyk. The Flagrant-2 foul coupled with eight technical fouls incident occurred in the second quarter of what was a Washington blowout. Oubre is a key reserve off the bench and will be missed.
Leading by as many as 30 points thanks in large part to a 22-0 first quarter run, Washington had no intentions of letting this one slip away at home as leader John Wall scored 24 points.
For Boston and Isaiah Thomas, it was a huge turnaround for their All-Star as he went from going off for 53 points in Game 2 to just 13 points on Thursday as the Washington defense put the clamps on him giving him very little room to operate.
With two days off between games, which team will make the most of it come game time in what will be a pivotal contest for each team?
There will be another two days off between games as both teams will play Game 5 back in Boston on Wednesday.
The sense of urgency will be high for the Wizards has they want nothing more than to return back to Beantown all tied up. For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring WAS (-4.5) points over BOS, while Bovada is giving the underdog Celtics (-5) points.
MyBookie also delivers the over/under with 216.0 total game points scored; a number I will play as I will favor the UNDER of 216.0 total game points scored as my best betting pick.