Boston Celtics (21-22, 8-15-road) at Milwaukee Bucks (28-17, 14-5-home)
- Time: 4:30 PST – 6:30 CST – 7:30 EST
- Place: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
- TV: ESPN, NBC Sports Boston, Fox Sports Wisconsin
Boston is struggling once again as the Celtics have lost five out of their last seven games and have fallen one game under .500 for the fourth time this season while occupying eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee is the hottest team in the NBA since mid-February as the Bucks have won seven in a row and 12 out of their last 13 games. The Bucks are now is third place in a solid position to win the East as they are two games behind first place Philadelphia and one behind second place Brooklyn.
The Celtics are on the first night of a road back-to-back as they head to Oklahoma City for tomorrow’s game. They are 7-2 on the first night of a back-to-back
The Celtics won the lone meeting with the Bucks back in December when Jaylen Brown hit a three with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift Boston to a 122-121 win.
- Boston – N/A
- Milwaukee – Giannis Antetokounmpo – (knee) – questionable | P.J. Tucker (ankle) – probable | Bryn Forbes – (toe) – questionable
Vs. The Spread:
- Boston is 1-4 ATS and SU in it’s last 5 games
- The Celtics are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games
- The OVER has been the play in 6 of the C’s last 9 games vs. the Eastern Conference
- The total has been OVER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 6 games
- The OVER has been the call in 13 of the last 20 C’s-Bucks contest
- Milwaukee has won 9 of it’s last 10 games at home vs. Boston
Last Time Out:
Boston fell at Memphis 132-126, as Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and Jeff Teague had a career high 26 for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker were late scratches on Monday night due to illness.
Milwaukee rolled to a 140-113 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday as well as a 48-point first quarter propelled the Bucks. Jrue Holliday had 28 points and 14 assists as the Bucks were without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has been nursing a left-knee sprain. The Bucks shot 56.4 percent from the floor and popped in 24-of-39 three-pointers.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Boston Celtics||+6 (-113)||+190||O 230 (-110)|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-6 (-107)||-220||U 230 (-110)|
The Celtics need a healthy Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum in the lineup to be able to put pressure on the Bucks even without Giannis. Both are expected back on Wednesday evening as they were inactive for the loss to the Grizzlies. Jaylen Brown has picked up the scoring over the last five games as he has averaged 25.2 points per game. He scored 34 points against Orlando on Saturday as he made 10 three-point field goals.
Key Celtics Stat:
Boston has been a solid team overall on defense as the Celtics have done a good job lifting opponents’ shots from the floor. Opponents has been able to convert 53.4 percent of their two-points shots (19th/NBA) as the Celtics are looking for another inside presence as well as a three-point shooter before the trade deadline on Friday.
Big man Robert Williams has embraced his role and has been a solid factor inside in the Celtics’ last five games as he has averaged 12 points per game and made 28-of-37 field goals.
Obviously, Giannis in the lineup takes the Bucks’ potential to the next level. Milwaukee has been on the move over the last month due to a much more consistent offense and a more connected defense. The Bucks are playing at the level that we all thought they would when the season started. Milwaukee’s offensive attack yields 91.6 field goal attempts per game which plays straight into the 120.0 point average (2nd/NBA). The scoring average makes this the highest scoring offense in Bucks history.
Key Bucks Stat:
Defending the three-ball is a tough mission some nights for the Bucks as they allow 38.1 attempts per game (27th/NBA). If you flip those numbers though, Milwaukee makes up for it vs. the three in making 39.1 percent (4th/NBA) of it’s threes. Second leading scorer Khris Middleton (20.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 5.5 apg) connects on 42.9 percent of his triples while Bryn Forbes has come off the bench to make 90 triples and Donte DiVincenzo has nailed 79. Having Giannis in the middle (29.0 ppg, 58.6%-FG) makes the offense pop as it is rounding into the league’s most efficient entity.
Jrue Holiday has helped bolster the Bucks defense where he is third in the NBA with 1.75 steals per game. Adding Holiday as a point guard is equivalent to adding a proven quarterback in the NFL. When everyone was trying to write the Bucks’ obituaries, they didn’t take into consideration the learning curve for Milwaukee with Holiday as the point where he averages 31.3 minutes per game.
Winner: Bucks (-6) 120, Celtics 112