Boston Celtics (55-27) vs Milwaukee Bucks (44-38)Date : 04/20/2018
Time : 9:30 PM
Location : BMO Harris Bradley Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
The 7 seed Milwaukee Bucks are looking to rebound after dropping the first 2 games in Boston as they will now host the 2nd seeded Celtics for 2 games.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
Scoring From Everyone
The Boston Celtics have turned up the intensity for the playoffs and are playing at a high level even without 3 of their best player and their success has got to be credited to head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens left the regular season unsure of how to find points with the team he has left because throughout the regular season the young Celtics struggled to score for spurts of time. Stevens has changed around sets and said all the right things in the locker room as he has gotten contributions from everyone on the floor as he has had at least 7 different guys score double figures in the playoffs. In game 1 the Boston Celtics saw their new starting PG Terry Rozier take over the game as he hit big shot after big shot to finish the game with 23 points. The Celtics also got a big game out of the veteran C Al Horford who posted a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Celtics in game 2 had another young guard take charge of the game as this time it was in the hands of Jaylen Brown. Brown finished the game with 30 points as he was high flying with dunks and stepping behind the arc hitting dagger threes. Rozier also enjoyed another good game as he chipped in another 23 points but on top of that dished out 8 assists.
Milwaukee Bucks's Latest Performance :
Lack Of Defense
The Milwaukee Bucks were supposed to come into this series posing a real threat to the injured Boston Celtics, but here we are entering the 3rd game of the series and the Bucks find themselves in sweep territory. The Bucks needed some heroic efforts in game 1 to force overtime as they hit a half-court heave with less than a second left to send the game to extra time where they would eventually fall 113-107. The Bucks were flat out dominated in Boston which comes to the surprise of everyone as the Celtics have struggled at times to put up 100 points on a consistent basis. The Bucks have received plenty of scoring from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton through the first 2 games as Giannis has scored 31 and 30 while Middleton has scored 35 and 25, but scoring hasn’t been the problem for the Bucks. The Bucks let the Celtics have anything they wanted through the first 2 games as they were driving and scoring or pulling up from 3. The Bucks will need to tighten up their defense at home if they want a shot at making this a series. Another problem for the Bucks has been the lack of a bench scorer other than Malcolm Brogden. Brogdon has had 16 and 10 off the bench, but guys like Jabari Parker, Tyler Zeller, and Jason Terry have combined for 7 points in the first 2 games which isn’t going to win many ball games.
How Boston Celtics & Milwaukee Bucks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Boston is 52-30-2 ATS, 28-13 ATS on the road.
Milwaukee is 35-46-3 ATS, 13-26-2 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Milwaukee ended the regular season as the 15th ranked scoring offense and outscored the 20th ranked Celtics offense by 2.5 PPG. (MIL- 106.5 PPG, BOS- 104 PPG).
Boston ended the regular season as the #3 ranked scoring defense and held opponents to 6.4 less PPG than Milwaukee’s 16th ranked defense. (MIL- 106.8 PPG, BOS- 100.4 PPG).
Milwaukee and Boston split the season series, 2-2.
Boston currently leads Milwaukee, 2-0.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Celtics +6.5
My reason for the pick :
The Boston Celtics look as good as they have all season even when they had their leading scorer Kyrie Irving in the lineup. The Celtics could easily sweep the Bucks as the Bucks have done everything that they could in the first 2 games and have still lost. We are also being given 6 points and I love taking points with defensive teams as they will stay in the ball game no matter what. Take Boston and the points.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Boston is 19-5 ATS as underdogs this season.
- The over is 8-6 with 2-3 days off this season.
Betting trends for Milwaukee Bucks:
- Milwaukee is 8-23-4 ATS as the home favorite this season.
- The over is 25-14 after a loss this season.