East finals trip on line as Wizards, Celtics head to Game 7

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That trend held up for the Utah Jazz +3.5 visiting the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of their opening round playoff series (104-91) and bodes well for the Wizards, who are 4.5-point underdogs at Boston in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal, after winning Game 6 92-91 but failing to cover as 5-point home chalk.

Washington escaped with a one-point victory Friday night, forcing a Game 7 when John Wall hit a game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds. Washington, at the time, made no bones about what they were doing - there was some bad blood between the teams, and the Wizards wore all black as a sign that they were taking the regular season game as seriously as a playoff game.

I thought it was cute too after learning the Celtics' denial after Wall buried them in Game 6. "Just go out there and compete, give it our all and see what the outcome (is)".

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was brief with his team after the game, simply telling them, "Game 7 on Monday".

Remember when Celtics' Isaiah Thomas smirked and giggled at the Wizards wearing all black attire during the regular season? Horford finished with 20 points.

The Boston Celtics can advance to their first conference final since the 2011-12 season with a victory here. The Eastern Conference series goes to a Game Seven at Boston. The Celtics must find a way not to let the bitterness of Game 6 trickle into Game 7, to make sure one crushing night doesn't contaminate another. Oubre heard obscene chants directed his way in Boston after getting ejected from Game 3, then suspended, for shoving Olynyk after a pick. Considering the alternatives, Boston could live with that final attempt - except for the result.

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"Now those guys are not babies anymore". "Avery did a heck of a job on (Wall) all night but he has that confidence to take that shot".

Most of the games this series have been high scoring, and that's been especially true in Boston. Wall has his backcourt helper Bradley Beal as well as big men such as Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat. Heading into Monday's Game 7 between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics, I found some great Game 7 betting trends by digging into the past nine National Basketball Association postseasons. Washington's Gortat is now third amongst all players in the playoffs in terms of rebounding, with 11.2 on average per game. The foul appeared to have occurred with about 2.7 seconds remaining and Boston down a point.

Thomas has been averaging 25.1 points per game and a 44.2 percent shooting rate. The four-time All-Star missed 11 of 12 field goals Friday before hitting three in a row in the third. He scored 13 in the period. "The hardest playing team is going to win this game". In fact, the Wizards have not won a game in Boston since April of 2014.

The Celtics entered Game 6 with bravado.

"It was just amusing to me". We knew they (were) kind of copy cat what we did. "I didn't want them to come here in all black and basically call it a funeral and we lose at home". "You just have to play well the whole game to have a chance to win".

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