- The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 110-107 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.
- Milwaukee was down 14 points early in the 4th quarter and saw their live odds balloon to +1600 before making a comeback to win the game.
- The Bucks are now -245 favorites to win their series against the Celtics.
The Milwaukee Bucks took a big step in their defense of the NBA championship on Wednesday night when they beat the Boston Celtics 110-107 in Game 5 of their best-of-seven conference semifinals series.
With the win, the Bucks are now up 3-2 in the series with Game 6 to be played in Milwaukee. The victory wasn’t easy. The Bucks had to come from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Celtics.
What a Comeback
WHAT A COMEBACK.
THE BUCKS TAKE THE SERIES LEAD 🦌 pic.twitter.com/Tx7kEzdOYz
— ESPN (@espn) May 12, 2022
The Celtics looked headed for an easy win when they took a 93-79 lead early in the fourth quarter. At that point, Boston was a -5000 favorite to win the game in the live betting market. Meanwhile, the Bucks’ odds swelled to +1600 but as the great Rudy Tomjanovich once said: “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”.
Milwaukee chopped down the lead and after back-to-back three-pointers by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, they were able to tie the game at 105 apiece with 43 seconds left to play the game. After Jayson Tatum gave Boston back the 107-105 lead with two free throws, Bobby Portis collared the offensive rebound on a missed second free throw by Antetokounmpo and made the follow-up shot to give the Bucks a 108-107 lead.
Holiday then made two big defensive stops on the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart. First, he blocked Smart’s attempt which led to two free throws made by Pat Connaughton, and then stripped Smart of the ball when Boston was looking to tie the game.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 40 points, cashing the over on his 31.5 points scoring prop while also grabbing 11 rebounds as the Bucks overcame a big game from Jayson Tatum who also cashed his scoring prop of 28.5 points with a team-high 34 points for Boston.
Bucks Back at Helm of Eastern Conference
Odds to win Eastern Conference at @BetMGM
— John Ewing 🦁 (@johnewing) May 12, 2022
Following their all-important Game 5 win, the Bucks moved back to the top of the Eastern Conference odds boards. The Bucks entered Wednesday with the third-best odds to win the Eastern Conference at +325 with the Celtics and Heat ahead of them at +140 and +170, respectively.
But after Wednesday’s games, the Bucks moved back as +130 betting favorites to repeat as East champions while the Heat also improved but at +155. Meanwhile, the Celtics faded to +425 as they need to sweep the last two games to beat the Bucks in the conference semifinals.
Milwaukee also moved up to third in the latest NBA championship odds boards. The Bucks are currently listed at +400 via BetMGM and Caesars Sportsbook. They are at an even shorter +375 odds via PointsBet USA. The other top NBA sportsbooks have taken down their title boards with Thursday’s games still being played as of this writing.
The Bucks go for the clincher on Friday on their home floor. Milwaukee has opened as the -1.5 points spread and -123 Moneyline favorites to beat the Celtics in Game 6. Milwaukee is also the -245 chalk to win the series via BetOnline, although the best NBA sportsbooks still favor it to go to a Game 7.