Milwaukee Bucks (44-38) vs Boston Celtics (55-27)Date : 04/28/2018
Time : 8:00PM ET
Location : TD Garden
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics
With both teams equally matched the series will shift back to Boston as they will play a decisive game 7 for a chance to advance to the conference semis this Saturday.
Milwaukee Bucks 's Latest Performance :
The Milwaukee Bucks were able to manage their business at home as they will travel to Boston to play a game 7, Giannis had 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds he really played like an all-star tonight hitting timely shots after another. He is virtually unguardable in the open floor as he will use his patented euro step to get to the rim with ease every time down the floor.
Kris Middleton who remains efficient all series long had 16 points tonight shooting 87.5% from the floor, the Bucks will need him to be aggressive in game 7 because expect the ball to come to him after they will try to get contain Giannis from scoring, the Bucks play at their best when they move the ball side to side instead of play isolation ball so expect them to go back to that in Game 7.
Inserting Brogdon and Maker into the starting line up was a great move by the coaching staff as both players had an impact in the fourth quarter as Brogdon scored 7 in the last period. Maker despite having foul trouble in this game still had an impact grabbing 7 rebounds in the game his presence alone makes the Bucks a better team defensively his ability to alter shots creates opportunities for others to run the break. With a 25-4 advantage in fast-break points. The Bucks who aren’t a great rebound team outrebounded the C’s by 7.
Player to watch: Giannis Antetokounmpo, this game will solidify whether he can differentiate himself from the pack and dominate game 7 with his athletic abilities. Giannis is set to shine in the biggest game of his career.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
The Boston Celtics have shown us that they can compete with this Milwaukee Bucks team. A lot of people have written them off earlier stating that Giannis would dominate the series and it would be an easy win for the Bucks. Here is where we stand the Boston Celtics will have a chance to close out this series with a win in game 7 at TD Garden who would have thought.
This Boston team plays together as one team hence the balanced scoring in each game not counting the Jalen scoring burst in game 2. It could be a good thing and a bad thing with a balanced scoring on a team, the benefit of having a balanced scoring output is that the opposition won’t know who will be the next player in line to heat up so they have to keep an eye on everyone because they are capable of scoring. The downside of this is that if nobody is able to score their offense becomes stagnant like they did tonight at one point in the game the Celtics went over 3 minutes without scoring a bucket.
Rookie Jason Tatum finished the game with 22 points shooting 42.9% from the field, the thing with Jason is that he has to realize that he has the talent to become an offensive force in this league he needs to demand the ball because with his skills set he can take over games and drop 40 if he wanted to, he must learn that it is alright to be selfish to help the team win.
For the Bucks to win game 7 at home they will have to keep the Bucks especially Giannis off the offensive board as the C’s were outrebounded by 7. The Bucks live off second-chance buckets with the Bucks inserting Maker into the rotation his length in the paint has really bothered them.
Horford had only 10 points tonight for the Celtics to win game 7 he has to be aggressive on the offensive end scoring points down low tiring out Giannis so he won’t be as effective on the other end of the floor. Marcus Morris, in my opinion, should really be starting replacing Ojeleye the C’s will definitely need his scoring touch in the decisive game 7.
Player to watch: Terry Rozier, he has shown us all series that he can take over games and create shots for himself off the dribble, this is the time for him to show up if not now then when he leads the team in clutch points with 19 look for Terry to create timely plays as game 7 will come down to the wire. If the game comes down to the last shot I put my faith into Rozier’s hand.
How Milwaukee Bucks & Boston Celtics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.
Bucks are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest.
Against The Spread Selection: Milwaukee Bucks
My reason for the pick :
Both teams have both done their part protecting homecourt, one player has a great game and the trash talking it all leads up to this game. Game 7 where superstars are born. They will go neck and neck as they will fight until the very last possession.
Here is my take the Celtics will have no go-to player when the time is crucial and will have to settle for a bad shot as Giannis really takes over the game and wins it for the Bucks on the road as they will face the 76ers in the next round.
Bucks in 7.
Betting trends for Milwaukee Bucks :
- Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.