Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics: Visitors to edge it on the handicap

The Wizards travel to Boston for Game 5
The Wizards travel to Boston for Game 5
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It's two wins each for the Wizards and the Celtics as we go into Game 5, but is the momentum with Washington after back-to-back victories? The team at AccuScore assess the game and look for the best value bets...

"The handicap odds are -4.5 for the Celtics paying out at [1.98] and +4.5 for Washington paying out at [1.94]."

Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics
Game 5, Thursday 01:00 (UK Time)
Live on BT Sport & Betfair Live Video

John Wall led Washington back to back-to-back wins at home and leveled the series with Boston at 2-2, but the Wizards have to be kicking themselves after losing Game 2 in overtime and losing Game 1 despite leading by 14 points after the first quarter. Can the Wizards carry momentum from two straight wins into Boston and take Game 5?

Wall will be key for the Wizards, and the former no. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft is averaging 27.8 points and 12.3 assists per game during the series.

For Boston, getting Isaiah Thomas back on track is a key, and a return home should help. Thomas is averaging 18.6 points per game on the road compared to 32.6 points per game at home. That's a dramatic drop off, so the Celtics should be thrilled that they have the no. 1 seed and home court until the NBA Finals, should they get there.

Injury Update

Neither team has any notable injuries, though Avery Bradley suffered a bit of a hip issue during Game 4. Bradley expects to play for the Celtics in Game 5 according to his coach, Brad Stevens.

Betfair Odds

Betfair is offering Moneyline odds at [2.72] for Washington and [1.56] for Boston. The handicap odds are -4.5 for the Celtics paying out at [1.98] and +4.5 for Washington paying out at [1.94].

The Total Points line is 215.5, with Under available to back at [2.0] and Over at [1.95].

AccuScore Odds Value Analysis

AccuScore's model finds that the moneyline and the handicap odds don't offer any notable value based on the payouts, though the model projects Boston to win with 63.5% confidence and leans slightly in favor of Washington with a +4.5 points handicap: 50.2%.

AccuScore's Total Points line is calculated at 214, so the model leans on betting the Under, but there isn't a tremendous amount of value on offer with Betfair's Total Points line set at 215.5.

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