The Celtics face a must-win Game 6 in Milwaukee to keep their season alive. They come off a hugely disappointing collapse in Game 5 as they struggled in crunch time. In the last quarter, the Bucks outscored them 33-21 and that was the major difference. However, they head to Milwaukee with confidence after completing a similar comeback in Game 4. Jaylen Brown was impressive in Game 5 with 26 pts and 6 assists. He was well supported by Tatum’s 34 pts and the Celtics star has scored 30+ in back to back games after a 10 pt effort in Game 3. Al Horford had a quiet outing in Game 5 with just 8 pts but he’ll be looking to replicate his 30 pt outing on this court in Game 4. In terms of injuries, Robert Williams is still struggling with a knee injury and has missed the 2 games. But with the series on the line, the Celtics will be desperate to get him out there.
The Bucks turned around their fortunes in this series with a massive 3 pt win in Game 5. They now get the opportunity to close the series on their home court and will be favoured to do so. It’s all about the Giannis and Holiday duo. Giannis comes off a 40 pt outing and 11 boards. However, he would like to improve in the turnover department after committing 7 in Game 5. Holiday was excellent defensively down the stretch, including a key block on Smart’s layup in the last minute. He finished with 24 pts. Bobby Portis also stepped up with 14 pts and 15 boards. Interestingly, Khris Middleton has been listed as questionable so he could return in Game 6. But that would come with a minutes restriction.
Boston have been strong on the road in this year’s playoffs and with their season up for grabs, we’re tipping they’ll force a Game 7. The Celtics have covered in their last 5 road games and also hold a 5-0 ATS record in Milwaukee. The Bucks have struggled to cover at home as they’re 1-7 ATS
The Bucks are 10-4 in their last 14 home games. The Celtics have lost 13 of their last 16 in Milwaukee.
The Grizzlies kept this series alive with a huge 134-95 victory in Game 5 at home. As a team, they were on fire from beyond the arc as they hit 18 threes at 43%. They’ll also be well-rested for Game 6 as all 5 starters played under 26 minutes. Bane, Jones and Jackson all finished with 21 pts and also hit 4 threes. So it was a great team performance, especially without Ja Morant. Morant is still sidelined with a knee injury but the Grizzlies are stepping up without him.
Meanwhile, the Warriors simply had a shocker in Game 5. They committed 22 turnovers and their offence never really got going. Klay Thompson led the scoring with 19 pts and Kuminga was good with 17 pts. Despite the defeat, the Warriors are a much tougher team to beat on their home court and they’ll be eager to respond after an embarrassing display in Game 5. In terms of injuries, Otto Porter Jr. hurt his foot in Game 5 and is listed as questionable for Saturday. Gary Payton is still out with an elbow injury.
The markets are expecting the Warriors to close out this series at home but the Grizzlies deserve more credit. They come off a massive 39 point win and should be confident despite playing on the road. They’re also 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games and hopefully, the Warriors offence struggles to put them away.
The Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games. Memphis has a poor 3-9 record on the road against GS.
Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers Washington kept their season alive with a huge upset in Game 4 and will be confident despite heading on the road this Thursday. In the Game 4 victory, the injury to Joel Embiid opened up the front court and the likes of Hachimura (20 pts) and Robin Lopez off the […]
Houston Rockets (11-16) at Philadelphia 76ers (18-10) After 6 straight losses, it looks like the Rockets playoffs hopes are all but over now so it’s all about building for next season. John Wall put up 29 pts against his former team last time out and will be looking to stop Ben Simmons in this matchup. […]
Charlotte Hornets (22-19) at Philadelphia 76ers (23-16) After back to back wins over the Bucks, the Hornets will look to continue taking it to the best teams in the NBA as they meet the 76ers in Philadelphia. Terry Rozier has been particularly playing well with 27 and 28 pts in his last 2 outings. Meanwhile […]