Wizards Look to Force Game 7 at Home Against Celtics

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Series History Bodes Well for Wizards

The Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards play Game Six of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Friday. They battle it out at Verizon Center. Tip is set for 8 pm. EST and ESPN will televise the matchup.

These teams have played nine times this season. Five of those games in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The home team is 9-0. That bodes well for the Wizards with Game 6 on their court Friday night. The Wizards will have to keep the Celtics’ role players from producing as they did in Game 5.

Oddsmakers opened the Wizards as -5.5-point favorites versus the Celtics, while the game’s total opened at 216.5.

Boston leads the best-of-seven series 3-2. The Celtics 123-101 romp over Washington on Wednesday may be a telling sign. Avery Bradley scored 25 of his 29 points in the first half. He fueled a 16-0 run in the first quarter that gave the Celtics all the breathing room they needed. The margin never dipped below eight over the final 41 minutes.

The Celtics shot 65 percent from the field in the first quarter and 53 percent overall, including 16 of 33 on 3-point attempts.

The Wizards cruised at home thanks to runs of 22 and 26 consecutive points last game in Washington. They won’t need such a dominant surge to force a Game 7. They will need a better effort on both ends of the court than what they gave on Wednesday. Washington shot 38.5 percent from the field. A dismal 7 of 29 from beyond the arc was the kicker. John Wall had 21 points but a playoff-low four assists.

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Next up:
Boston home to Washington Monday, May 15

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