Who wins Game 5 and why?
Bill Sy: Celtics because well, it’s not luck. Boston was a try hard team all year and that earned them the #1 seed. Tonight, they’ll use home court advantage—the whistle, the crowd, the magic of the parquet floor—to shift the momentum again in this series.
Jeff Clark: Celtics win game 5 because of home court advantage. Thomas should be able to get his, but the rest of the starters and some of the bench should be able to chip in more. I'm predicting a big all-around game from Al Horford in particular.
Sean Penney: Celtics, because... well, they have to. Dating back to the regular season, the home team has won every meeting between these two teams this season. They can't afford to have their backs against the walls heading back to Washington for a potentially decisive Game 6.
Keith Smith: Celtics. They are at home. This will be as desperate as we've seen them this year. If they give the crowd a reason to be engaged, they'll lift the team and help carry them. Guys needs to be flying around from the tip on both ends. If they come out with low energy and are sloppy with the ball, this is probably the last home game of the year for Boston.
Lachlan Marr: It’s gotta be the Celtics, they’re at home, it’s a must-win and I’m simply not willing to entertain thoughts of them losing this one. Go Celtics!