NBA Postseason Betting Preview: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis simply cannot play any better than he has, which has us scratching our heads as to why Milwaukee is favored in Game 3.

Boston at Milwaukee
Time: 8:30 PM CT (ESPN)
Spread: MIL -5
Total: 205

Odds c/o 5dimes

The Milwaukee Bucks now face a 0-2 deficit after losing Game 2 120-106, and it heads back to Milwaukee seeking some redemption and wondering what more it can do against a Boston Celtics team that has rallied around backup point guard Terry Rozier, who is starting in place of the injured Kyrie Irving. Rozier has been unflappable and brilliant, dispelling all previous notions about the second-year guard not being ready for postseason basketball.

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Even his swagger seems to suggest Boston knows this series belongs to them, despite the Bucks arguably possessing more talent. It just has not translated to much for Milwaukee in the playoffs yet, and this year appears to be no exception. The C’s are riding a trio of young players and dominating Milwaukee in nearly every facet of the game. And again, despite all of this, the home team is favored as the Bucks are 5-point favs at bookmaker 5dimes. Home court should not be that big of a deal, and even Brad Stevens has commented on it saying that “guys…kinda relish the challenge of getting a chance to play on the road against a really good team.”

The Bucks are also likely to be without its starting center tonight, and that is no small loss. John Henson has never been a major scorer, but his defensive presence and court intelligence can hardly be replaced by Thon Maker or Tyler Seller, both of whom made little to no contribution in Game 2 in playing seven COMBINED, scoreless minutes. Suddenly, Maker or Zeller must prove very important, because Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are pretty much already maxing out and playing the best basketball they are capable of. Giannis had 30 in Game 2, and Middleton added 25, but the rest of the Bucks contributed precious little—most especially Eric Bledsoe, who has played horribly in this series.

Bledsoe has been absolutely out-played by Rozier. Bledsoe had 12 points and seven rebounds in Game 2, but Rozier dropped 23 points and eight assists and posted the highest plus-minus (+19) of any Celtic, and it was mostly because Bledsoe simply cannot stay between Rozier and the basket. Play after play, Rozier either got himself a bucket or exposed a Bledsoe misstep to get his teammates easy looks. The Celtics shot 53.3 percent from the field and knocked down 13 triples, while also managing to stay-even with the Bucks long frontcourt on the glass.

That is pretty much a recipe for victory, too. Let Antetokounmpo and Middleton get theirs, and just limit the ragtag collection of scrubs that inhabit the roster with them. Jabari Parker clearly is not 100 percent, and he played just 10 minutes in Game 2 while going 0 of 2 from the floor. Until Parker is back in form, and that will likely be next season, it is difficult to see the Deer doing little more than digging a hole it cannot escape from as it falls behind 0-3 and the Celtics get an impressive road victory in Game 3.

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ATS TRENDS

Boston
  • Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
  • Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central.
  • Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
  • Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Celtics are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
  • Celtics are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Celtics are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Celtics are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Celtics are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
  • Celtics are 40-17-2 ATS in their last 59 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Celtics are 36-16 ATS in their last 52 road games.
  • Celtics are 46-21-1 ATS in their last 68 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Celtics are 43-21-2 ATS in their last 66 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Milwaukee
  • Bucks are 20-9 ATS in their last 29 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
  • Bucks are 11-23 ATS in their last 34 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Bucks are 8-17-2 ATS in their last 27 Friday games.
  • Bucks are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss.
  • Bucks are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss.
  • Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
  • Bucks are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.
  • Bucks are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Bucks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
  • Bucks are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Bucks are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Bucks are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
  • Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Bucks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
  • Bucks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • Bucks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
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