NBA Games of the Week feature Game 6’s between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.
Both of these series have been very even and a seventh game would not be a surprise. The home team dominated the series between the Celtics and Wizards, while the home vs. road split in the series between the Spurs and Rockets was pretty even. Let’s look at Game 6 between the Spurs and Rockets on Thursday, May 11 and Game 6 between the Celtics and Wizards on Friday, May 12.
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Spurs vs. Rockets ATS Picks
The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets split the first four games of this series with the home teams going 2-2. Despite the series being even, the games have not been that competitive. The Rockets won 126-99 and 125-104, while the Spurs won 121-96 and 103-92. The law of averages says that eventually we should get a good game in this series.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets
Date and Time: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Toyota Center
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Spurs vs. Rockets TV Coverage: ESPN
Houston wins when they are aggressive, while the Spurs win when the play tough defense on James Harden. The Rockets got 28 points from Harden in their Game 4 win and Harden got everyone else involved as Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson combined for 51 points. When Harden and Gordon are going good, the Rockets are tough to stop. “I’m just going to be way more aggressive than normal,” Gordon said to USA Today. “The thing is, I’ve been shooting the ball very well, from three and from (the field overall). I’m almost shooting 50% from regular field (specifically, 48.8%) and three-point (50% exactly), so I’ve just got to take more shots.”
Houston has won six of the last ten at home in this series with five of the last six going under the total. Game 4 in Houston went over, breaking a five-game streak of games going under in Houston in this series.Spurs vs. Rockets Free PicksThis series is overdue for a close road game, so I will take the points with the Spurs on Thursday. Make sure to check back for odds at BetCris.
Spurs vs. Rockets ATS Pick: Grab the points with San Antonio at BetCris Spurs vs. Rockets Score Prediction: Rockets 108, Spurs 107
Celtics vs. Wizards ATS Picks
The home team won each of the first four games in this series and none of the games were close in terms of the final score, although Game 2 did go into overtime before the Celtics pulled out a 10-point win. Game 4 in Washington could have been close but Washington had an unbelievable run in the third quarter that turned a close game into a rout. Game 6 on Friday night will have the Wizards listed as slight home favorites.
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards
Date and Time: Friday, May 12, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Verizon Center
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Celtics vs. Wizards TV Coverage: ESPN
Game 4 saw the Wizards go on an inexplicable 26-0 run. "That's probably our best stretch of basketball," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "Defensively we were in the right position. We made some adjustments at the half.” The Wizards thought after their Game 4 win that they were in control of the series. "I feel like we feel like we're in control (of the series)," Wizards point guard John Wall said after the win. "We had the momentum coming home to win our two games. We feel like we can win (in Boston). We know we can. We've just got to do a better job of taking care of those leads we get and just playing smart basketball down the stretch."
The Celtics win when Isaiah Thomas has a great game but they lose when he doesn’t. He had 53 points in Game 2 but he had just 19 points in Game 4. Boston simply doesn’t have a great supporting cast, so when Thomas doesn’t take a game over, the Celtics don’t win.
The Wizards have won 7 of the last 10 at home in this series with three of the last five going under the total. Washington has won and covered the last four in this series at home.
Celtics vs. Wizards Free Picks
The Celtics were a good road team during the regular season but for some reason they have struggled in Washington in this series. I think they have a good Game 6 and have a chance to win, so I will take the points with Boston. Make sure to check back for odds at BetCris.
Celtics vs. Wizards ATS Pick: Take the points with Boston at BetCris
Celtics vs. Wizards Score Prediction: Celtics 111, Wizards 108
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