- The Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 to send their series to a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday.
- Jayson Tatum erupted for 46 points to lead the Celtics to a league-best 34th Game 7 appearance.
- Boston has a 24-9 SU record in Game 7s including 3-0 SU against the Bucks.
Before the second-round series between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks began, oddsmakers favored it to go seven games at +190 at the best NBA betting sites.
On Sunday, the teams will play Game 7 at the TD Garden and the bettors who wagered on it to go seven games are heading to the bank to cash their bets.
Game 7 Here We Come
GAME 7 HERE WE COME ☘️ pic.twitter.com/1jPxk0VRHH
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 14, 2022
Down 3-2 in the series and facing elimination on the road as +1.5 point betting underdogs, the Boston Celtics dug deep behind a monster performance from Jayson Tatum to beat the Bucks 108-95 and force a Game 7 at their home floor on Sunday.
Tatum erupted for 46 points on 17-32 shooting, including 7-15 from behind the three-point area and 16 points in the 4th quarter as the Celtics held off another fourth quarter rally by the Milwaukee Bucks. Two nights after blowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and losing at home in Game 5, Tatum made one big shot after another in the fourth quarter after the Bucks had cut another 14-point lead down to four at 85-81.
It marked the second time in his postseason career that Tatum has scored at least 45 points in a playoff game. He scored 50 against the Nets during the 2021 Playoffs. With two 45+ point playoff games, Tatum joined Sam Jones as the only player in Celtics history to do so. It also put him in a tie with Paul Pierce for the second-most points scored by a Celtics player in an elimination game, behind only Jones’ 47.
Not the First Time Bucks and Celtics Meet-Up in a Game 7
Sunday won’t be the first time that the Bucks and Celtics meet up in a Game 7.
Take a look back at the best plays from their last Game 7 matchup in the first round of the 2018 playoffs… featuring some familiar faces. pic.twitter.com/HdLAiy5qnL
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) May 14, 2022
Sunday’s Game 7 will not be the first time that the Celtics and Bucks meet in Game 7. These teams played each other in a seventh game in the NBA playoffs in 1978, 1987, and 2018 with the Celtics winning all three games. In that 2018 matchup, the present Boston core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Al Horford were on the winning team. Meanwhile, only Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were the current Bucks players on that 2018 team which lost 112-96 at the TD Garden.
No team in the history of the NBA has played more Game 7s than the Boston Celtics who have been in 33 such games. Overall, the Celtics have an imposing 24-9 SU record when playing in a Game 7 and an even impressive 20-5 SU Game 7 record when playing in Boston. The Celtics’ 24 Games 7 wins and 72.2% winning percentage in Game 7s are the most and best, respectively, in the history of the NBA playoffs. Not to mention, the C’s also have the most 3-2 playoff comebacks in league history.
The Celtics head to Sunday’s Game 7 as a -5.5 point spread and -217 Moneyline favorites to beat the Bucks. This represents Boston’s largest spread in the current postseason, half a point better than the -5 they were favored to win Game 1 of this series. Boston is 6-3 ATS in the current postseason but more than covering the spread on Sunday, the Celtics hope to get the outright win and advance to the Conference Finals for the third time in the last six seasons.