Free NBA Pick: Bucks vs. Celtics NBA Odds
Looking for Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Bucks taking on the Celtics on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Bucks Celtics matchup.
(0-0) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics (0-0)
Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -145 | Bucks +130
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -3
NBA Betting Total: 204
Live NBA Odds
Updated Sportsbook Bonuses For Today
It hardly felt like the NBA went away after the Golden State Warriors dispatched Cleveland four months ago in the Finals. All-Stars were on the move throughout the summer, most going West but at least one going East.
What a tough start Tuesday night for Gordon Hayward. He was all set to make his home debut as a member of the Celtics but five minutes into game 1, a Celtics loss Brad Stevens said Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia. Ouch.
Then there is Kyrie Irving, who, the day after returning to Cleveland in enemy colors, gets to play in front of his new home crowd too.
Not to make it all about the Celtics. Milwaukee not only made the playoffs last year, but am impression in an eventual first round exit to the Toronto Raptors. This season, expectations are set for the Bucks to be firmly in the top six in the East.
The biggest reason why is Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak was named the Most Improved Player in the league last season, made his first All-Star Team and was named to the All-NBA Second Team, alongside Kevin Durant and Rudy Gobert in the front court.
What’s scary is that Antetokounmpo can still get a lot better because he still didn’t shoot the ball very well last season. If he continues to expand his range, he will be as unguardable as any player in the world.
The Bucks also feature Malcolm Brogdon, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year. He didn’t overwhelm the league as a rookie but won as default when Joel Embiid went down before the first half of the season was out.
Still, he scored double-digits and constantly makes heady decisions with the ball. He’s a winning player.
Jabari Parker is on the mend from a torn ACL but won’t return until sometime around the All-Star Break.
You will get the chance to see the new-look Celtics in the regular season on Tuesday night in Cleveland before this one. That game tips off the NBA season as the first part of a prime time doubleheader.
We’ll see how the C’s look in that one but my expectations are high for this team this season, like a lot of other observers. Kyrie Irving will fit right in as a playmaker who is also a strong defender and team player. Boston will move the ball on a level with the Warriors and Spurs this year.
Also in is Aron Baynes, who is a definite improvement over Amir Johnson. Jaylen Brown should take a big step in his second year (and first as a starter) and Jayson Tatum looks NBA-ready, fresh out of the draft.
Brad Stevens does have to deal with the losses of Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder though, two integral two-way players from last year’s team, not to say anything about Isaiah Thomas’ departure.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-2-1 in MIL last 12 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Under is 8-2-1 in MIL last 11 overall.
- Under is 5-2-1 in MIL last 8 road games.
- Over is 9-1-1 in BOS last 11 home games.
- BOS are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Wed. games.
- BOS are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
- Head to Head: Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Boston.
- Head to Head: Underdog is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings.
Free Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Jaylen Brown will get a lot of time marking Giannis. Marcus Smart might also get a piece of him off the bench and that matchup could work out for Boston if he isn’t hitting jump shots over the smaller Smart.
Starting with a back-to-back isn’t ideal but, then again, better now when the legs are fresh than later on. Adrenaline should power the Celtics through in this one.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OVER 204
I like Boston to win but in a close game, perhaps by five or six.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Milwaukee 102 – Boston 107
If you’re looking for more NBA picks like this Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics matchup we’ll be providing 4* free NBA predictions on the blog during the entire 2017/18 NBA season, and check out our Experts for guaranteed premium & free NBA predictions!
CappersPicks.com has NBA Odds up on a ton of championship futures, and you will also find DAILY NBA lines up as well.