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(0-0) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics (0-0)
Eastern Conference Playoffs: Round 1 – Game 1
Date: Sunday April 15
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Milwaukee +160 / Boston -180
NBA Betting Odds: Boston -4
NBA Betting Total: 202
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The Bucks got Giannis Antetokounmpo some rest in the final week or two of the regular season, got guys like Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova back and finished right where they wanted to: in seventh-place with a first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics.
All of those guys will play but I have my doubts whether they will 1) stay healthy and 2) play well if they do. Brogdon and Delly came back in the final game of the regular season and didn’t play big minutes. Antetokounmpo’s knee problems have been chronic and simply seem to get worse the more he plays.
So are those guards ready to take on the feisty perimeter defense of Boston? And will the Greek Freak hold up to play 40 minutes a night in this series as Milwaukee’s focal point? If he can’t, I don’t think Milwaukee can beat Boston.
Even if he can, it’s going to be a challenge. The Bucks don’t shoot the three well and can struggle defensively if they aren’t rebounding. Against Boston’s bigs, that could be a challenge.
So while the Celtics won’t have Kyrie Irving, or Marcus Smart, or Daniel Theis, they are the more cohesive and even more predictable group, a team with a true identity and a coach who has mastered his craft.
They also have three bodies to throw at Antetokounmpo: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris. All three offer something a little different and all three are capable defenders against the Bucks’ leading man, which is exactly what an opponent needs.
But where will the scoring come from Boston? Terry Rozier will probably be locked in a struggle with Eric Bledsoe. I don’t see either one getting the best of the other in that matchup of two similar point guards.
Brown and Tatum have to shoot the three well, maybe even exceptionally well, for Boston to win this series. That may sound difficult, but I like their chances better than the guys Milwaukee has on the perimeter.
Al Horford is where Boston really has an advantage. He will do big damage against Tyler Zeller and John Henson is the only other guy Milwaukee has to throw at him. If Henson gets hurt, or in foul trouble, or just tired at some point in this series, Milwaukee will be desperate.
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Free Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction: Game 1 goes low.
I’m not keen on a side in Game 1, but I do think the two teams establish the sort of pace and scoring efficiency that will force the oddsmakers to drop the total into the 190s for the rest of the series.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Under 202
NBA Free Score Prediction: Milwaukee 91 – Boston 93
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