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(0-1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics (1-0)
Eastern Conference Playoffs: Round 1 – Game 2
Date: Tuesday April 17
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Milwaukee +125 / Boston -145
NBA Betting Odds: Boston -3
NBA Betting Total: 197.5
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Our hunch in Game 1 was correct: the oddsmakers dropped the total in Game 2 under 200. Our under was a winner before Kris Middleton launched from 40 feet to send it to overtime. Oh well.
If the Bucks can play as hard in every game as they did in Game 1, I suspect they’ll win the series. Milwaukee is basically only playing six guys, excluding Jabari Parker, who only played 15 minutes in Game 1.
Matthew Dellavedova didn’t play at all. I can’t find much reason why online so I figure it has to be a coach’s decision. The Bucks are already super small so it’s not like they need another guard in the rotation, but I thought he’d get the nod over Jason Terry.
Thing is, Boston is playing its five best guys huge minutes too. So while Milwaukee’s core is going to tire fast, Boston’s might hit zero even earlier. Guys like Shane Larkin and Semi Ojeleye are going to have to win a game for the Celtics late in this series, if Boston is to advance.
I’m not worried about Milwaukee’s chances, even if it loses this one. I’ll be a little more concerned, actually, if it loses another close one because that could be a dagger through the heart. As long as moral is ok going back to Milwaukee, the Bucks should hold serve going back to Boston.
Which makes this just short of a must-win, in my estimation, for the Celtics. It just doesn’t look like Boston can do enough offensively to keep up in Milwaukee.
Of course, this game is still in Boston. The crowd was nuts in Game 1 and guys like Al Horford and Marcus Morris were playing rough. I expect the energy to remain high — it’s Boston, after all — but to diminish just a tad in Game 2 and again in Game 5. Only a Game 7 will match what Game 1 had on Saturday afternoon.
Again, Boston has to win this game because I don’t think it’s winning any of the three in Wisconsin.
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: Boston wins another.
But I’m not betting on it. I think the C’s win a similar sort of game as Saturday’s. Then Milwaukee wins four straight.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Boston -3
NBA Free Score Prediction: Milwaukee 94 – Boston 101
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