No. 5 Atlanta Hawks at No. 4 Washington Wizards
This series is tied at 2 and it’s a very unusual 6 p.m. ET tipoff for television reasons so the Wizards might not get much of an early boost from the crowd as it’s likely to be late-arriving to the Verizon Center during evening rush hour. The Wizards were clearly the better team at home in the first two games, but Atlanta was then vastly superior in its two at home. The Hawks’ frontcourt of Paul Millsap, Taurean Prince and Dwight Howard had its way with the Washington frontcourt of Markieff Morris, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat. The Hawks’ trio had 96 points and 60 rebounds combined in the two home wins. Washington’s threesome had 42 points and 42 rebounds. The Wizards settled for too many jumpers in the losses instead of players driving into the paint. Washington is -5.5 on Sportsbook Review’s top online betting sites. Teddy & Pauly’s top play of Wednesday is ‘over’ 212.5 points in this one.
No. 8 Chicago Bulls at No. 1 Boston Celtics
Because the NBA was stuck with only two East Coast games Wednesday and Bulls-Celtics was a marquee matchup, it was placed in the 8:30 p.m. ET slot and Hawks-Wizards relegated to that 6 p.m. ET tipoff. The road team has won and covered the spread in all four games in this series. The Bulls are so desperate in the backcourt with Rajon Rondo ruled out a third straight game that Coach Fred Hoiberg will start seldom-used Isaiah Canaan. Out of nowhere, he played 34 minutes in Game 4 and had 13 points and three assists. Not only had Canaan not played in the first three games of this series, he had been inactive several times since the All-Star Break. His previous game seeing double-digit minutes was way back on Feb. 12. So it will be a battle of guards named Isaiah as Celtics star Isaiah Thomas had 33 points in Game 4 despite going 1-for-9 from long range. The Bulls couldn’t keep him from getting to the basket or drawing fouls. Boston is an 8-point favorite.
NFL Draft Props Part 1
The 2017 NFL Draft is being held in Philadelphia, the first time the City of Brotherly Love has hosted it since 1960. The first round is Thursday night. There could be as many as five Alabama players drafted in Round 1; there’s a prop at SBR’s top sportsbooks that lists an over/under of 4.5 Tide players picked on Thursday. Will any quarterback even go in the Top 10? Who is the first running back off the board: Leonard Fournette or fast-rising Christian McCaffrey? The only sure thing appears to be Cleveland selection Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick.