Celtics vs. Bucks Pick
Are the Boston Celtics going to hang with the host Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night at 8PM EST?
Oddsmakers at sports book Bovada.lv have put the Bucks as a 4-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 206 points.
Boston comes in with a 2-2 record following a 110-89 home win over the Knicks. Milwaukee is 3-1 after a 103-94 home win over the Hornets. The Bucks defeated the Celtics 108-100 earlier this season in Boston and is now 2-2 straight up and ATS in five meetings since the start of last season. The over-under is 2-1-1.
Milwaukee saw Giannis Antetokounmpo score 32 points to go with 14 rebounds and six assists in the win over the Hornets. The 32 points is a season-low as he is now averaging 36.8 points through four games. Khris Middleton contributed 20 points, six boards and three assists. Mirza Teletovic had 15 points and five rebounds off the bench. Tony Snell added 13 points. The Bucks were outscored 25-18 in the first quarter before winning every ensuing quarter.
The Celtics were led by Kyrie Irving as he recorded 20 points, seven assists and three rebounds in the win over the Knicks. Al Horford accounted for 13 points, 13 boards and five assists. Jaylen Brown had 23 points and four rebounds. Jayson Tatum added 22 points, four steals, four rebounds and two assists. Boston built up a 54-33 halftime lead en route to the victory.
In their last six meetings in Milwaukee, Boston is 5-1 ATS. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Milwaukee.
Boston would love to get revenge on Giannis and the Bucks after the loss out East, but it won't be an easy task on national television. The Greek Freak is playing arguably the best basketball of anyone in the NBA right now, putting Milwaukee squarely on his shoulders. Expect another strong show from him and for the Bucks to cover the spread on their home floor.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE BUCKS -3.5
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