Boston Celtics (55-27) vs Milwaukee Bucks (44-38)Date : 04/22/2018
Time : 1:00 PM ET
Location : BMO Harris Bradley Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
They say a playoffs series does not really start once you have won on the road. The Bucks were able to protect their home court to avoid the Celtics from going up 3-0. As they look to tie up the series at 2 games apiece.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
The Celtics weren’t ready for the Bucks tonight, Milwaukee was playing in gear number 2 the whole time while Boston was stuck in gear one. This was expected for a home team to show up in their first home game of the series, the only thing Boston needs to do is steal a game on the road and they will be in good shape. The energize Thon Maker caught the Celtics by surprise as this is the first time they have to deal with Maker and had no gameplan of how to stop him because he didn’t have much of an impact during the first two games back in Boston.
The Bucks did make their adjustments after the game 2 lost they inserted Brogdon into the lineup sending Snell to the bench to limit Roizer from getting off both Brogdon and Delly would always be switching on defense and that strategy proves to be effective. Roizer had only 9 points. The Celtics never had the momentum on their side this game as the Bucks kept going on runs after runs. Boston has to take care of the ball a lot better because this Bucks team can run with the ball. They had 7 more turnovers than the Bucks tonight.
Coming into game 5 the Celtics must have the mindset of they are here to just win a game and don’t put pressure on themselves, the Celtics wings combined for only 25 points. The Celtics will have to find a way to bounce back from this blowout lost by going back to playing their brand of basketball because shooting 40% is very hard to win games shooting a low percentage.
Player to Watch: Terry Rozier, the regular season is over the Celtics cannot feel sorry for themselves after losing 2 of their best players. They have to fight with what they got and they have shown that they are capable of beating this Bucks team 4 times.
Milwaukee Bucks 's Latest Performance :
After a rough two games on the road, the Bucks were able to pull one game back. The Bucks jumped out to an early lead because they can’t risk playing catchup again like they did in the first two games.
The Bucks really turned on their defense in game 3 allowing Boston to shoot only 40% from the field. The Celtics were getting their shots blocked left and right in the first half, the Bucks ended the game with 13 block shots in the game.
Thon Maker showed up in the right place at the right time he was the catalyst of the Bucks interior defense Maker had 5 blocks in the first half. The intensity/passion that Thon plays with really transferred on to his teammates as he was fired up after every block he had, Thon was playing with a chip on his shoulder trying to prove to his coach that he deserves the minutes after appearing for only 2 minutes in game 1&2. Tonight he showed just that scoring 14 points and had 5 blocks in the game his presence was felt by the Boston Celtics guards every time they came near the paint, what stood out to me in Maker’s game is his confidence in his own jump shot as he was able to spread the floor and making himself a threat on the offensive end.
Jabari Parker told the coach that he needed more time on the floor and tonight he showed us why he is ready for playoffs basketball, Parker could really be the player that brings Milwaukee over the hump because he can create for himself off the dribble as he starts to rediscover his old form.
Inserting Brogdon into the starting line up really benefitted the Bucks, he was able to disrupt the Boston offense causing deflections leading to turnovers and led to easy buckets on the other end.
Player to watch: Thon Maker, he will prove to everyone that he is a game changer every time he steps on the court and looks for the Celtics to make adjustments in game 4.
How Boston Celtics & Milwaukee Bucks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Bucks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central.
Against The Spread Selection: Milwaukee Bucks
My reason for the pick :
The Bucks will come out with the same defensive intensity as the Celtics will continue to struggle with this Bucks team as the Bucks will tie up the series at 2-2 as the series will shift back to Boston for game 5.
Go against the trend for this game and roll with the Bucks.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Betting trends for Milwaukee Bucks :
- Bucks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.