Tue, May 2, 9:47am by Head Editor
Wednesday’s (AEST) Playoff action sees the Celtics host Washington in game two of their series, while Utah will be hoping to keep their fairy tale run going when they head to California to play the Warriors.
Wizards @ Celtics
TD Garden, Boston – Wednesday 3 May, 10:00am
After dominating the first game, Boston will be looking to make it 2-0 when they host the Wizards on Wednesday (AEST) in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
In that game, the Wizards stormed out of the gates, and led 16-0 in the opening exchanges, but from then on, the hosts were able to steady the ship, scoring 36-16 in the third quarter.
For the winners, Isaiah Thomas once again led the way with 33 points and nine assists. Interestingly, the Celtics have attempted more threes than any other team in the playoffs at the moment so expect them to keep raining them down.
The home team has now won the last five meetings between these teams so I’m definitely taking the Celtics to win this one and take their series lead to two games.
Jazz @ Warriors
Oracle Centre, Oakland, California – Wednesday 3 May, 12:30pm
After taking down the Clippers in seven games, the Utah Jazz now meet the team with the best overall record – the Golden State Warriors – in the second round of the Playoffs. The Warriors will be well rested after sweeping Portland in the first round.
The bookmakers (Sportsbet) have this one as a pretty open and shut affair, with the hosts at $1.08 and the Jazz at $8.75. The line is set at 13 points, which could be in danger given the Jazz have covered the line just once in their last seven trips to this venue.
Gordon Hayward was one of the main reasons why Utah were able to upset LA, he led the team in scoring, averaging 27 points per game, despite battling the flu. George Hill was also good, averaging 17.
Meanwhile, the Warriors swept the Trailblazers in the first round, winning three of those games by double digits to advance to this series with ease. Stephen Curry led the team with averages of 29 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Utah will be ecstatic that they’ve made it to the second round, but they’ll need to up their game again if they are to take it up to these Warriors.
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