Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics NBA Pick – Game 2

The NBA is set up with another solid slate of playoff basketball on May 3. Two games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics. These two teams have been solid throughout this postseason and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

Milwaukee has earned a record of 5-1 throughout this playoff run after earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks have won four games in a row and will look to remain red hot in this one. Milwaukee has looked strong despite missing Khris Middleton as they continue their title defense. The Bucks will look for another fast start in this one.

The Celtics have put up a record of 4-1 during the postseason as the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston was able to sweep the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, but dropped the first game of this series at home. The Celtics will look to bounce back at home before the series shifts to Milwaukee. Boston will look for a better performance in Game 2.

These two teams have been strong in this postseason and will look for a big win in Game 2. The Bucks have been red hot throughout their recent stretch of games and will look to keep it going in this one. Boston will look to step up early in this matchup on Tuesday night. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Milwaukee Bucks +4 ½ (-110) +155 Over 215 ½ (-110)
Boston Celtics -4 ½ (-110) -180 Under 215 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics
Playoff Record 5-1 4-1
Away/ Home Playoff Record 3-0 2-1
Playoff PPG 108.3 108.6
Playoff PPG Away/ Home 110.3 106.0
Playoff PAPG 94.2 107.4
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home 88.3 107.3

Betting Trends

Milwaukee Bucks

  • 44-43 ATS this season
  • 6-10 ATS as an underdog
  • 26-17 ATS in road games
  • 10-1 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 9-10 ATS against Atlantic division
  • 4-2 ATS in Playoffs
  • 2-1 ATS when leading in a Playoff series
  • 1-4 ATS after allowing 90 points or less
  • 17-17 ATS after a win by 10 points or more
  • 18-26 ATS against team with a winning record

Boston Celtics

  • 47-37 ATS this season
  • 32-29 ATS as a favorite
  • 20-22 ATS in home games
  • 4-1 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 8-11 ATS against Central division
  • 3-2 ATS in Playoffs
  • 11-5 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite
  • 25-14 ATS after allowing 105 points or less
  • 7-2 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 10-5 ATS after scoring less than 100 points
  • 27-15 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met up in Game 1 on May 1. Jayson Tatum put up 21 points, but it was not nearly enough for the Celtics. Jrue Holiday dropped 25 points and 9 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Bobby Portis added 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Bucks earned a 101-89 win on the road.

Field Goal Shooting

The Bucks have struggled shooting the ball a bit on the postseason. Milwaukee has made 46.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 5th in the field of 8. The Bucks have shot 37.6 percent from deep, which is 3rd in the playoffs. Milwaukee has sunk 69.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 8th in the postseason.

Boston has struggled a bit more shooting the ball in the playoffs. The Celtics have been shooting 45.8 percent from the field, which is 6th in the field. Boston has made 35.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 6th in the postseason. The Celtics have drained 81.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 3rd in the playoffs.

These two teams have been solid shooting the ball, but will look for their defense to dominate. Defense dominated Game 1 of this series with Milwaukee coming out on top. The Celtics will look to get a bit more offense going early in this one. If either team can come out strong shooting the ball, it could be enough for the win.

Top Performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been great for Milwaukee this postseason. Antetokounmpo has averaged 27.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. Jrue Holiday is averaging 17.8 points and 6.5 assists per game. Grayson Allen has averaged 12.7 points, while Bobby Portis is averaging 12.2 points and 11.3 rebounds. Brook Lopez has averaged 12 points per game to round out the lineup.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the leaders for the Celtics in the playoffs. Tatum is averaging 27.8 points and 7 assists per game. Brown has averaged 20.4 points per game. Marcus Smart is averaging 15.2 points and 6.8 assists per game. Al Horford has averaged 12.8 points and 8 rebounds. Grant Williams rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.6 points off the bench.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout the playoffs. Marcus Smart is listed as questionable in this one, which could hurt their lineup. The Bucks are still missing Khris Middleton, which hurts them as well. Both teams will look for some players to step up early in this one. If either team can have their stars come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

The Bucks have been the better team to open up this series and will look to keep it going in Game 2. Boston played a really strong first round series though and I expect them to bounce back in this one. The Celtics will look for Tatum and Brown to put up better games and to break though on the defense early. If Boston can grab the early lead, I think they can get the win.

Bovada has the Celtics listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Boston at home in this one. The Celtics are coming off a tough loss at home, but I think they will come out much stronger in this one. Boston has been one of the hottest teams in the second half of the season. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Celtics to cover.

The Bet
Boston Celtics -4.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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