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(12-9) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics (20-4)
Date: Monday December 04
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -6
NBA Betting Total: 202.5
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On Monday, December 4, Eastern Conference rivals the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics tip off. Both squads have won four of their past five games. While the Bucks are recognizing success since the addition of Eric Bledsoe, the Celtics were the first team to reach 20 wins and remain the top ranked team in the NBA.
This is the third of four meetings between the squads Milwaukee is one of four teams who’ve beat Boston. Last season the Celtics won two of three contests and also holds the all-time record with 107 wins in 208 meetings.
The Bucks are 8-3 since Eric Bledsoe joined the team. Not surprisingly, his highest point output (30) came versus his former team the Suns. Acclimating to his new team is taking time particularly in terms of his efficiency. Through 11 games Bledsoe is shooting 13 of 46 from the perimeter for 28.2%.
As for Bledsoe’s affect on the team its good news, bad news. Prior to the trade the Bucks ranked 10th in offense, 24th on defense and 23rd in net differential. After seven weeks the Bucks rank 11th offensively, 16th defensively and 15th in net differential. Isolating on the 11 games of Bledsoe’s tenure showcases the swap in the team’s strength. During this period the Bucks are 19th offensively, however Milwaukee has the 5th best defense in this timeframe and their net differential ranks 10th.
Given the length of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jon Henson and Thon Maker the most curious failing of the squad is they rank 30th in all rebounding categories.
Boston lost the first two games of the season and has lost just twice since. The Celtics continue to rank first defensively with two players on their roster ranking in the top four individually. Shockingly Aron Baynes (91.2) leads the league and Marcus Smart (96.9) is fourth.
That said, there are cracks in the veneer. In the last 10 games the Celtics rank 12th defensively and in the last five games rank 16th. As the Celtics find ways to increase their offense they regress defensively.
Strength of schedule is also a factor. Boston has played one road game (Thunder) on the opposite coast and will enter the New Year having played three. It’s a safe bet the Celtics will likely retain their top spot through this period. However, starting January 23, opposite coast road games will be plentiful. How well youngsters Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye navigate this period will ultimately determine if Boston finish the season as strongly as they began
NBA Betting Trends:
- In the last 9 meeting at Boston the over is 7-1-1.
- Of the teams past 33 meetings the underdog is 23-9-1 ATS.
- Over is 7-1 in BOS last 8 overall.
- In the Celtics last 11 home games they are 8-2-1 ATS.
- In the Bucks last 13 road games the over is 9-4.
Free Milwaukee Bucks vs.Boston Celtics NBA Prediction: take the over
Kyrie Irving may not have comparable statistics to MVP front runners James Harden, LeBron James,or Stephen Curry. What he does have is the narrative. In his first Celtics season after losing star Gordon Hayward, Irving has lead the sixth youngest squad to the best record in the NBA.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: bet the over
It should be close, but home court rues the day.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 111 – Bucks 109
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