Celtics vs. Bucks Prediction
Two of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference meet up tonight when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics at 8PM ET.
507 Boston Celtics vs. 508 Milwaukee Bucks
Thursday, February 21, 2019
8PM ET – Fiserv Forum
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bucks are the favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Celtics. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 227.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 60 percent going on the Bucks at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Celtics enter break with momentum
The Boston Celtics are coming off a 118-110 win over the Pistons at home. The Celtics won and covered the spread in their last two games entering the All-Star Break. Boston is 37-21 on the season, 14-13 on the road, 30-28 against the spread and 34-24 with the over.
Boston has been one of the better defensive teams in the league, allowing just 106.6 points per game while limiting opponents to 44.3 percent shooting. Offensively, the Celtics average 113 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent. Gordon Hayward is questionable to play tonight with an ankle injury. Hayward is putting up 11.2 points per game this season. Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.6 points and 6.9 assists per contest to lead the team.
Bucks lead the East
Milwaukee went into the break with the top record in the league and the Eastern Conference. The Bucks are coming off two straight road wins over the Bulls and Pacers. Milwaukee is now 43-14 on the season, 23-5 at home, 34-20-3 against the spread and 30-27 with the under.
The Bucks have one of the top offensive teams in the league, averaging 116.9 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. Milwaukee is also the top rebounding team in the league at 48.8 per game. Defensively, the Bucks give up just 107.1 points per game while limiting opponents to 43 percent shooting. Nikola Mirotic is expected to make his team debut tonight after sitting out for weeks with a calf injury. Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the Bucks this season with 27.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. Khris Middleton adds 17.1 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Celtics are 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 games on three days of rest or more and 4-1 ATS in their last five conference games.
The Bucks are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games against Atlantic Division opponents and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
The Bucks at home are a different animal. Not many have been able to solve that puzzle this season and Milwaukee is awfully tough to stop when they get rolling on their home floor. The Celtics also don’t have a lot of size in the frontcourt, which should allow the Greek Freak to really dominate the paint and have his way on the glass. I like Milwaukee to win emphatically tonight on their home floor.
NBA Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -5.5