Friday’s Sports BIT Show: Celtics-Wizards, Warriors-Spurs & Matt Harvey

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Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards

It’s Game 6 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Cleveland Cavaliers are home resting up and awaiting the winner. If Boston wins Friday, the Cavs will know their opponent and the East Finals will start Monday in Boston. If the Wizards win, and the home team is 9-0 in this series dating to the regular season, then Game 7 is in Boston on Monday and the East Finals begin Wednesday. Not a single game of this series has been decided by single digits even though Game 2 went to overtime. Boston dominated in Game 5 for a 123-101 victory. Avery Bradley had the half of his life with 25 points before intermission. He finished with 29 points. With Bradley stepping up, the Celtics didn’t need star Isaiah Thomas to shoulder so much of a scoring load. He had just 13 attempts and 18 points but did hand out nine assists. Game 5 was the same old story for Washington: Its bench is terrible and is being vastly outplayed by the Boston reserves. Washington is -5 on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated betting sites


New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers

Why preview a Friday meaningless game between the Mets and Brewers in Beer Town? It’s all about Matt Harvey, who spent the past week in the New York tabloids for his partying and suspension from the team last week. Harvey reportedly went on a bender into the wee hours of last Saturday morning because he was upset his former flame, model Adriana Lima, was seen with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman. Harvey didn’t show up to the ballpark and was suspended three games, missing his scheduled start last Sunday. So there’s more pressure than normal on Harvey Friday night to help clear his now-tattered reputation. He hasn’t been very good this season with a 5.14 ERA over six starts, a career-low strikeout percentage, and career-high walks percentage. How will 10 days off between starts affect him? Harvey is opposed by Milwaukee’s Matt Garza. 


Deep Dive On Warriors-Spurs

San Antonio surprisingly eliminated Houston in a Game 6 blowout on Thursday night despite playing without injured superstar Kawhi Leonard. It’s expected that Leonard will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. While the Warriors are clear series favorites, the Spurs appear to have a huge mismatch in their favor on the bench in Coach Gregg Popovich and his five NBA titles. He has his team in the conference finals for the 10th time in the past 20 years. Golden State’s Steve Kerr is still sidelined with some health problems so it’s interim coach Mike Brown leading the team. He was a Spurs assistant under Pops from 2000-03. It was his first assistant coaching job after being a video assistant in Denver. Brown coached Cleveland when the Cavs were swept in the 2007 NBA Finals by San Antonio.

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