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(2-0) Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks (0-2)
Eastern Conference Playoffs: Round 1 – Game 3
Date: Friday April 20
Time: 9:30 PM EST
Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Boston +240 / Milwaukee -280
NBA Betting Odds: Milwaukee -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 203
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Boston did its job and took the first two on its home court. Milwaukee doesn’t look like a team ready to roll over yet. It has two at its place, beginning Friday night.
The Bucks had two big problems in Boston.
The first was that it couldn’t contend with Boston’s big lineup that included both Al Horford and Aron Baynes. It has enough trouble with Horford alone and Baynes adds muscle inside that Milwaukee can’t match. It also isn’t able exploit the Celtics’ size on the other end.
The second problem is that Terry Rozier is torching Eric Bledsoe, which I didn’t expect would happen going into this series. They are both similar sorts of players, athletic point guards that mostly rely on that athleticism and their motor to be effective.
Bledsoe called out Rozier in between the last game and this one upcoming. And while that may be unwarranted, I’m giving him another shot in Game 3 because I just don’t think Rozier is significantly better than he is, at least not nearly as much as he is outplaying him by.
Boston controlled Game 2 pretty much the whole way. The size and synergy are clear advantages and Milwaukee doesn’t really do any one thing better than the Celtics, besides simply having Giannis.
But taking care of home court is one thing; winning on the road is another and that’s where I’m skeptical of Boston’s chances without Kyrie Irving. When the going gets tough, and it will get tough in Milwaukee, who is going to get the big bucket?
But Milwaukee is a huge favorite in this game, a lot bigger than I had expected. It makes the Bucks pretty much unplayable, in my opinion, and almost gives us an opening to play Boston.
The Bucks have to get up and down but the Celtics know that. They have played the better basketball in the first two games and could steal one if they continue to, which they almost surely will. How far can the Freak take his team?
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-0 in MIL last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Over is 10-1 in MIL last 11 road games.
- Over is 10-1 in MIL last 11 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 7-1 in BOS last 8 games as a home favorite.
- BOS are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- Head to Head: Over is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings in Boston.
- Head to Head: Over is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings.
Free Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction: Milwaukee.
It feels like Boston is going to have to sweep home court to win this series. Of course, we haven’t seen a game at the Bradley Center yet and the C’s are already halfway there. I’m tempted to play Boston on value alone, however.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Boston +6.5
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 94 – Milwaukee 99
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