No. 4 Washington Wizards at No. 5 Atlanta Hawks
Washington leads 3-2. The home team has held serve in all five games of this series, with the winner advancing to face the Celtics-Bulls winner. While Washington’s three home wins in the series have all been decided by single digits, Atlanta’s two at home were by at least 10 points each. Wizards guard Bradley Beal had a bounce-back game, somewhat, in the 103-99 Game 5 win. He had 27 points. That’s the good news. That bad: He was 1-for-9 from 3-point range and is just 12-for-50 from distance in the series after hitting 40.4 percent in the regular season. Washington’s defense played its best game of the series and helped slow Hawks star, Paul Millsap. He entered averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in the series but had 19 points on 8-for-19 shooting and more turnovers (3) than assists (2). Atlanta is a 3-point favorite on Sportsbook Review’s top-rated betting sites.
No. 1 Boston Celtics at No. 8 Chicago Bulls
The home team won and covered for the first time in this series on Wednesday night in Game 5 as Boston pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 108-97 victory – their third straight win to take a 3-2 series lead. The Bulls simply aren’t the same without injured point guard Rajon Rondo. In upsetting the Celtics the first two games in Boston, the Bulls averaged 108.0 points per game. In the past three without Rondo, they are averaging 93.0. Many think Rondo will play in Game 6, but as of now, the Bulls are still saying he’s out and that Isaiah Canaan will start at the point again. To make matters worse for the Bulls, star Jimmy Butler admitted he’s dealing with a sore knee. Butler had just 14 points in Game 5 and was scoreless in the fourth quarter. Boston is -1.5.
No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers at No. 5 Utah Jazz
This could be the end of the “Lob City” Clippers as we know then should they lose with Utah down 3-2. Three of L.A.’s best players, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin (out for playoffs with a toe injury) and J.J. Redick are all unrestricted free agents. The Clippers just don’t have enough offense right now with Griffin out. Paul, Redick and DeAndre Jordan combined for 68 points in the 96-92 Game 5 home loss, but the rest of the team had 24 points on 6-for-30 shooting. The Clippers’ bench is a mess and was outscored 36-16 by Utah’s reserves. Meanwhile, Utah’s 35-year-old Joe Johnson has become the go-to guy for the Jazz. “Iso Joe” has hit every clutch shot in this series, has 91 points in 160 minutes and a 60.2 true shooting percentage. The Jazz are -6 to finish things and face the Golden State Warriors.
NFL Draft First Round
So much for the Class of 2017 being weak at quarterback. Three teams traded up to land their QB of the future: Chicago, Kansas City, and Houston. The Bears were the biggest surprise, moving up from No. 3 to No. 2 and paying a steep price to do so to draft North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky even though he might have been there had Chicago stayed at No. 3. The San Francisco 49ers were more than happy to add extra picks and move down one spot and still get the guy they wanted (Solomon Thomas). The Chiefs traded up for Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston did for Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. It’s likely only Watson has a shot at starting Week 1 of the 2017 season. Two running backs went in the Top 8 but that was it making a loser of those who bet ‘over’ the prop of 2.5 first-round RBs was chosen.