Friday's NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals betting preview: Celtics at Wizards

The Washington Wizards are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line.

We'll see what game 5 has to offer. Atlanta double-and-triple teamed Thomas right out of the postseason, and the Wizards deployed a similar strategy as they took Games 3 and 4 last weekend Washington. Neither team this season has accomplished that feat. Because even if they can't close things out Friday, they'll get to host Game 7 on Monday, an advantage they earned by finishing with the No. 1 seed. The Wizards defeated Boston again in Game 4, evening out the series 2-2.

Meanwhile, Thomas, who scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter said: "I guess that's how I've got to play". The deficit ballooned to 26 points in the second half.

"We weren't getting back in transition from the corners", Washington coach Scott Brooks lamented. "I wasn't really surprised with anything that I heard", Oubre told reporters.

Coming into the season, the Celtics knew they were going to need a consistent second scorer behind Thomas.

Not to say that Brooks' players were passive, but they appeared to stage a sit-in while the Celtics raced up and down the court. But all you can do is go out there and play basketball.

Even though his team is averaging about 30 more points in Boston than in Washington during this series, Celtics coach Brad Stevens insisted that the venue isn't the most important factor in a game's outcome. It just comes with the game. Unfortunately, the Wizards didn't learn a thing from that experience. "Whoever has been the most physical team has won every game." .

We knew three-pointers would be a key going into this series as the Celtics were third in the National Basketball Association in both makes and attempts from beyond the arc during the regular season. "Hopefully, the other guys miss shots like they've been doing". In Boston's three wins, Wall has a plus/minus of minus-17.

Guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $25,000 for inappropriate language toward a fan during the Celtics' Game 4 loss at Washington. "Hopefully, everybody else is treating it like that". However, Washington forgot to account for shooting guard Avery Bradley.

Al Horford, another best player of Boston, finished the game with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.

"He played like he's supposed to", said Isaiah Thomas, who made one shot and had five points at the half before finishing with 18. "I mean hands down", Thomas said. I wanted to make those guys work on both ends of the floor, and I knew that I haven't been playing to my ability on the offensive end the past two games, and for this team, I wanted to bring my all. "We did a hell of a job [Wednesday night] first guy to the last guy". The Wizards hope to extend the series, which is heading back to Washington with the Celtics up 3-2.

It took way too long, but the Celtics got a strong performance from their starting center, Amir Johnson, which all but guarantees he'll get the start for Game 6.

There were so many heroes in Game 5 for the Celtics.

Their Verizon Center co-tenants extended their miserable run of bad history Wednesday.