Wizards vs. Hawks Game 6

NBA Playoffs 2017: Celtics Vs. Wizards Second-Round Prediction; Keys To Victory

Yes! We're getting a Game 7 in the first round and we're getting it from the Clippers and Jazz, the best series of the entire first round.

Atlanta has proven that it can contend with the Wizards in this series.

The Wizards will go on to face the Celtics in Round 2 where the most petty regular season rivalry turns into a playoff rivalry. The teams are a 3-2 going into the sixth game of the best of seven and both squads badly want to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Since then, the Celtics found their composure and rattled off four straight wins as they should have as a No. 1 seed playing a No. 8 seed. The Celtics led by as many as 17 in the first half when they shot 50 percent (9-for-18) from 3-point range before finishing the game 16-for-39 from beyond the arc. But in games 3 and 4, the Hawks combated the Wizards' willingness to go under every screen by setting up shop closer to the basket, which allowed for Atlanta's ball-handlers to finish easier looks.

The season of ups and downs is over for the Atlanta Hawks.

During the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, Wall showed those who hadn't been watching what those who have paid attention have been screaming for years: he's an absolute star. Friday night, the shots fell - the Wizards made 22 of their first 33 attempts and scored a searing 65 first-half points. What about John Wall?

Wall, meanwhile, is known more for his distribution.

It also helps that this isn't Wall and Beal's first rodeo. That's something the Wizards don't have in postseason play.

Head to head, the Wizards are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Boston.

The Battle of the Bradley's has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

This will be about as good a point guard matchup as you'll get in today's National Basketball Association and these are two of the most exciting players in the league. He was 13 of 23 from the floor and scored 17 of his 31 points after halftime. That certainly was expected of Wall, who's one of the NBA's best players.

The pair only faced off twice this season because Bradley missed two of the contests due to injury.

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After that, unfortunately, they showed why they have a reputation for obsessively acquiring draft picks they never use. Adams was pretty clearly the best defensive back in the draft and the Jets have dire needs in the secondary.

The Hawks received several offers for Millsap before the trade deadline, but they made a decision to hold on to the four-time All-Star, hoping that he will stay with the team. Chicago, and Robin Lopez specifically, pounded Boston on the boards early in the series, which totally altered the pace of the game. And both men had explosive games in Game 6.

Wall scored a game-high 42 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter.

The Wizards and Celtics will go head-to-head in the semi-finals, staring in Boston on Sunday.

While the Hawks shot a very solid 47.4 percent from the floor, they committed 22 turnovers.

Prediction: Wizards in 6.

"We obviously did not play well in the first half", Budenholzer said.

A healthy Crowder during this series should be able to keep Porter at bay.

Boston looked like a completely different team from the first game to the last of this series. He's not much of a threat on the offensive end, but he's capable of pulling down rebounds and providing strong interior defense.

While Washington may have the edge at the power forward position, the Celtics have a clear advantage at the center spot.

That could very well be the case for the remaining upcoming games.

Boston's second unit was plagued by inconsistency throughout the majority of the regular season, but they found their stride at the flawless time in Round 1. Is he mature enough to lead a team?



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