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Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks: Match Preview, Stats, & Much More | 12 May

Shubham Singh
11 May 2022

The NBA Playoffs’ Second Round has surely reached its climatic stage and within a few days, we will see the number of teams only decrease in number. From here on, we will only get close to the title race as the Finals remain last than a couple of months away. But before that, we have yet to see a team qualify for the Finals. In this game, the Boston Celtics will host the Milwaukee Bucks. In the last game, the Celtics defeated the Bucks 116:108 as the Celtics tied the series at two-each. Can the Celtics extend the advantage at their home floor?

Bet on Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks
Marcus Smart and Wesley Matthews battle for the ball (Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks)
Marcus Smart and Wesley Matthews battle for the ball (Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks)

Best bets on Celtics vs Bucks

Handicap: Bookmakers from 22bet suggest that the Celtics have a better chance of winning the game and they have been given the odds of 1.50. Despite losing the last game, the bookmakers are giving the Celtics a better chance considering this is their home court and their elite defense will be in play. I do believe that the Celtics will bounce back here. I’d choose a handicap of -4.5. (Handicap 1 -4.5 for 1.90)

Player Props: Bookmakers at bet365 predict odds of 1.86 for Jayson Tatum going Over 6.5 Rebounds here(At least 7 rebounds). Tatum grabbed 6 rebounds in the last game and I believe with the number of missed shots, there are a lot of rebounding opportunities. I see him going over here. (Player Props: Player Rebounds: Jayson Tatum Over 6.5 for 1.86)

Total: Bookmakers at 1xbet give the Total of 215.5 the equal odds of 1.97 which is rather a bold take considering how the last game went. The last game fetched 190 points and both teams played incredible defense, especially the Bucks. I believe this will be another low-scoring game and I’d go “Under” here. (Total Under 215.5 for 1.97)

Where to Watch Celtics vs Bucks

This match is available on the NBA League Pass.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics had a terrible Game 1, shooting a mere 33% in the last game. Their 60% of the shots were from beyond the arc and although they did make 18 from beyond the arc, they conceded an advantage on the turnover side. They had 18 turnovers compared to 13 by the Bucks and all their main players shot below 40% from the floor whereas Jaylen Brown turned it over a whopping seven times. The help defense of Lopez and the incredible individual defense of Holiday, Antetokounmpo, Portis, Matthews, Allen, and Connaughton made life tough for the Celts. Except for Tatum, none of the other players even get close to the 20 points mark. This is due to the Bucks’ defense that has picked up the intensity during the Postseason for sure. How will the Celtics respond to the elite defense of the Bucks in Game 2?

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks themselves didn’t have a smooth outing on the offensive end, getting shut out for major parts as Giannis Antetokounmpo shot a mere 36% while scoring 24 points. Jrue Holiday shot 8/20 but did a great job at navigating the Celtics defense and only turned it over twice. Connaughton and Allen combined for five triples on a more than decent percentage while Bobby Portis produced high-quality offense, shooting 50% from the floor. The length and athleticism of Giannis surely made a huge difference both on the defensive and the rebounding end, which has been one of the mainstays of the Bucks for a considerable time. The Bucks are an elite rebounding team, piercing 54 rebounds against a highly physical Celts team? Will the Bucks be able to keep the Celtics at bay here again?

Celtics vs Bucks: possible lineups

  • Celtics most likely starting five: PG: Marcus Smart | SG: Jaylen Brown | SF: Jayson Tatum | C: Al Horford | C: Daniel Theis;
  • Key Bench Player: Grant Williams, Derrick White, Daniel Theis, Payton Pritchard;
  • Bucks most likely starting five: PG: Jrue Holiday | SG: Wesley Matthews | PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo | C: Bobby Portis | C: Brook Lopez;
  • Key Bench Players: Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Jevon Carter.


Where to watch the match Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks?
NBA League Pass is a great way to catch this battle.
Who is a favorite in the matchup between Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks?
Bookmakers see the Boston Celtics as the favorite here with a handicap of -5.5 as per bet365.
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