Celtics vs. Bucks NBA Prediction
For a second time this week, the Celtics and Bucks will meet in Milwaukee. After the Bucks knocked off the Celtics 121-119, what’s the best play tonight when these teams square off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN?
513 Boston Celtics (+6) at 514 Milwaukee Bucks (-6); o/u 233
7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, March 26, 2021
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Boston Celtics DFS Notes
The Celtics are finalizing a deal to acquire Evan Fournier from the Magic for a pair of second-round picks. The Magic just traded Nikola Vucevic for players and picks and they'll add to their draft-asset collection with this deal. It's a coup for a struggling Celtics team that's lacked wing depth behind their two All-Stars this season, and they used a massive trade exception to absorb Fournier's contract without sending back salary to the Magic -- likely why they got him at a seeming discount. However, the move spells trouble for Fournier from a fantasy perspective. He's scoring a career-high 19.7 points with 25.7% usage this season, in 30.3 minutes per game, numbers that will be hard to maintain with the Celtics. His departure affords some daylight for Magic rookie Chuma Okeke, as well as Dwayne Bacon, so it's not all bad for fantasy purposes.
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Notes
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) flirted with a triple-double in his return to action on Wednesday, tallying 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and five turnovers across 33 minutes in a win over the Celtics. Giannis only missed one game with the minor knee issue, and his 33-minute workload would suggest he's fine, so we're expecting him to play in Friday's rematch. With The Greek Freak back in action, Pat Connaughton shifted back to the second unit where he finished with five points, six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and zero turnovers across 28 minutes.
Celtics vs. Bucks Game Prediction
The over has cashed in four straight meetings between these two teams and is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Milwaukee. The over is also 4-0 in the Celtics’ last four road games, is 7-2 in their last nine games as a road underdog and is 10-4 in their last 14 games when playing an opponent with a winning percentage above .600. The over is also 6-1 in the Bucks’ last seven games overall and has cashed in their last four home games.
NBA PREDICTION: CELTICS/BUCKS OVER 233