Celtics vs. Bucks Pick

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks 4/20/18, Prediction & Odds

After a Game 1 overtime thriller following by a decisive Boston Celtics victory to take a 2-0 series lead, the series shifts to Milwaukee tonight. Are the Bucks going to be able to make it a competitive series with a win tonight?

Game Snapshot

705 Boston Celtics at 706 Milwaukee Bucks

Friday, April 20, 2018

BMO Harris Bradley Center at 9:30PM ET

TV: ESPN

Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Bucks are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 205 points. As of Friday afternoon, 68 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Boston. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.

Parker wants more minutes

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker expressed his desire for more minutes to media following the Game 2 120-106 loss in which he did not score in 10 minutes of action off the bench while collecting two rebounds. More playing time might open up naturally, however, as starting center John Henson (back) has been listed as doubtful for tonight's game. While Parker is always an offensive threat and good rebounder, his defense has been questionable at best since returning in February after recovering from a torn ACL. If Parker wants to receive the minutes he wants, defense is likely going to be the key for him.

Rozier outplays Bledsoe again

In both games at Boston, Terry Rozier outplayed Bucks starting guard Eric Bledsoe. Rozier is starting for the injured Kyrie Irving and has been making the most of his chances, putting in 23 points in the Game 2 victory to go with eight rebounds and three assists. He shot 8-of-14 from the floor including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Bledsoe only scored 12 points on 5-of-13 rebounds, although he did collect seven rebounds and four assists. At this rate, Bledsoe isn't going to be able to fake to media like he doesn't know who Rozier is for much longer.

NBA Betting Trends

Boston

The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four games played on two days of rest. The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.

Milwaukee

The Bucks are 1-7 ATS in their last seven home games versus Boston. Milwaukee is 0-5 in the last five meetings overall.

Prediction:

It's surprising to see the Bucks as a 5-point favorite. Seems a little high when the Celtics have done well at home and seem to frustrate the Bucks' offense. If Milwaukee wins, I believe it will come down to the final possession. I'm comfortable with betting on Boston to stay within the number or perhaps even winning outright. 

NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS +5

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