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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-16) Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks (21-13)
Date: Saturday, December 25th
Time: 2:30 PM (ET)
Venue: Fiserv Forum Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics +240 | Bucks -200 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Bucks -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 220
The second game on the Christmas Day menu features the Boston Celtics versus the Milwaukee Bucks for the third time this season. Boston won both prior matches on November 12th (122-113) and December 13th (117-103) and the teams will play once more in Milwaukee on April 7th.
Boston last played on Wednesday in a 111-101 victory versus the Cavaliers while the Bucks played a back-to-back set Wednesday/Thursday against the Rockets (126-106) and Mavericks (102-95) winning both contests.
Although Boston is navigating eight players being in health and safety protocols having their two stars available has helped them win three of their last five matches defeating the Bucks, Knicks, and Cavaliers.
Jaylen Brown delivered a team-high 34 points plus six rebounds. Jayson Tatum struggled shooting (6 of 19) producing 18 points but added nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block.
Robert Williams III arguably produced his best performance of this season via a career-best 21 points and 11 rebounds for his double-double. But the youngster also delivered seven assists, along with two steals, and two blocks.
All eight Celtics on the injury report are in health and safety protocols including Al Horford, Jabari Parker, Juan Hernangomez, Grant Williams, Sam Hauser, Brodric Thomas, Josh Richardson, and Enes Kanter Freedom who entered following the win Thursday.
Everyone but Richardson is listed as questionable but unless the league lowers the quarantine time from 10 days to six only Parker would be eligible to return (or two negative PCR tests in 24-hours).
Update: In addition to Freedom, Bruno Fernando, CJ Miles, and Justin Jackson entered protocols following Wednesday’s match bringing the total to 11.
Zach Lowe updates Giannis Antetokounmpo cleared health and safety protocols and plans to spend some time on the practice court today then make a decision about participating in the game.
No word on Bobby Portis (Dec. 16th) or JaQuori McLaughlin (Dec. 23) who remain in quarantine.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been cleared from health and safety protocols; he's expected to get on the court today and decide tomorrow whether to play on Christmas against the Boston Celtics, sources tell @wojespn and me.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 24, 2021
In the most recent match, Khris Middleton led the team in scoring with 26 points plus five rebounds, seven assists, and a steal.
Jrue Holiday continued to take on a larger role with Antetokounmopo sidelined registering 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Holiday also connected on three of his five 3-pointers and offered his typically lock-down defensive effort.
DeMarcus Cousins got the starting assignment and delivered with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block.
Sandro Mamukelashvili (illness) is questionable. Brook Lopez (back) and Donte DiVincenzo (ankle/COVID) are out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 7 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games.
- The Bucks are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games.
- The Celtics are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Prediction
As the Celtics await to hear whether any of their players will clear quarantine in time to play, head coach Ime Udoka has to prepare game plans that feature Antetokounmpo and one that doesn’t if he’s out. Getting Al Horford back specifically would be a huge help in that regard.
Giannis is extremely competitive and has shown a propensity to play through injury, so if he’s even remotely close to feeling 100 percent he’ll suit up, and in truth even as a decoy and defensive pest he would give the Bucks the edge.
It’s strictly a guess – but I think he plays and his presence alone gives Milwaukee the emotional edge.
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