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Celtics vs Bucks Prediction & Best Bets for Game 7 | Spread, Over/Under, Moneyline, & Series Odds

Posted: May 14, 2022Last updated: May 14, 2022

The road team is taking care of business in this series between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. So, as we bet in our series prediction article, this matchup has come down to Game 7, and it truly is a “win or go home” game.

The Celtics’ defense has been good at home, but Milwaukee has already won twice in Boston during the postseason. There is truly no obvious favorite in this matchup.

Let’s take a closer look at this Celtics vs Bucks Game 7 in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, giving our predictions and best bets.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 7 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Bucks (+175), Celtics (-210)
  • Spread: Bucks +5 (-110), Celtics -5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 207 (-110), Under 207 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Celtics 106, Bucks 101

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Celtics vs Bucks Game 7 Prediction

The Celtics controlled Game 6 from start to finish. While the Bucks brought the game within four in the final quarter, Boston was able to flip the switch and ensure they got to play on their home floor at least one final time.

Prior to the series tipping off, we wrote here that the Bucks would win in seven games. We’re not going back on that initial prediction.

We know what Giannis Antetokounmpo can do, and we know the Celtics cannot stop him. The difference in Game 6 was Boston’s three-point shooting, and I don’t believe they can replicate that effort in this game.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 7 Score Pick

Bucks 109, Celtics 106

Antetokounmpo should get more help than he did in Game 6. On Boston’s side, we cannot assume or predict Marcus Smart is as effective on offense. In Game 6, he and Jaylen Brown combined for 9-of-16 shooting from downtown. That will not happen again, so we are predicting that the Bucks will win and move on.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 7 Best Bets

Bucks Cover +1 1Q Spread (-105)

WAGER: 1 Unit

While the Bucks didn’t win the first quarter of Game 6, that is just one game, and now our odds are better than the were before.

Keeping this Bucks +1 spread in mind, they would have a 7-3 record for first quarters across 10 games against the Celtics this season. They have led straight-up in six of these 10 games and four of the six games this series.

The Bucks have the largest first quarter margin in the NBA, at +2.7 points. The Celtics, meanwhile, have a first quarter margin of +2.1 points. Back Milwaukee to cover this spread in our NBA bet of the day.

Bucks Cover +5 Spread (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Bucks’ record looks much better at home than on the road. However, against the spread, Milwaukee is actually much better in road games. When we look at it this way, the Bucks have a 17-30 record at home and 27-19 on the road.

Milwaukee has covered the spread in eight of their past 10 road games. Of course, we predicted them to win straight-up above, but if you’re looking for a less risky bet that still has good odds, take the Bucks’ spread.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 7 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+425)

  • Bucks Moneyline
  • OVER 207 Total Points

WAGER: 1 Unit

Celtics vs Bucks Game 7 SGP

We are picking the Bucks to win in Game 7, as we picked before the series had even begun. In this same-game parlay, we are also betting the Over for total points.

The scoring has picked up over the past few games this series, with the winner scoring 108 or more in each of the past three games. As long as the loser cracks 100, we’re good to go.


PREVIOUSLY: Celtics vs Bucks Game 6 Prediction

After two poor fourth quarters in a row for the Milwaukee Bucks, the roles were flipped in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics. The Bucks successfully completed the fourth quarter comeback, and now they have a chance to end the series on their home floor in Game 6.

It was an impressive showing from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 40 points and shed some blood in the process. It will take another big performance from him for Milwaukee to successfully defend their home floor.

Let’s take a closer look at the Celtics vs Bucks Game 6 matchup in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, giving our predictions and best bets.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 6 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook (unless noted) and current as of Thursday, May 12, at 11 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Celtics (+105), Bucks (-125)
  • Spread: Celtics +1.5 (-110), Bucks -1.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 211 (-110), Under 211 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Bucks 106.25, Celtics 104.75

Celtics vs Bucks Game 6 Prediction

It’s tough to ask more of the Celtics than they gave in Game 5. They shot 51.2% from the floor, 13-of-15 from the free throw line, and they turned the ball over only 10 times. However, it’s easy to see where the major difference was in this game. The Celtics grabbed five offensive rebounds, compared to Milwaukee’s 17.

Will the Celtics be able to deal with the size and energy of Bobby Portis off the bench? Will they have Robert Williams back for Game 6? We don’t know the answer to either question, currently.

Regardless of if Williams plays or not, it’s nice to see Portis be more impactful off the bench. We saw how the Milwaukee crowd got behind Portis during the championship run last season. After his Game 5 performance, they are likely to do it again in Game 6, and Portis feeds off of that energy.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 6 Score Pick

Bucks 109, Celtics 105

We know Antetokounmpo is going to show up, and Jrue Holiday has also been great. If Portis also shows up, the Celtics are in trouble, since they’re likely not going to shoot as well as they did last time out.

Cue the “Bucks in six” chants.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 6 Best Bets

Bucks Cover -0.5 1Q Spread (-105)

WAGER: 1 Unit

Despite the Celtics leading for nearly all of Game 5, it was the Bucks who once again had the lead after the first quarter. Across the nine games between these two teams, the Bucks have led after the first quarter in six of these games. This includes four of the five playoff matchups.

The Bucks have the largest first quarter margin in the NBA, at +2.8 points. The Celtics, meanwhile, have a first quarter margin of +2.1 points.

Look for the Bucks to get out to another early-game lead on their home floor and make this your NBA bet of the day.

OVER 108.5 2H Total Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The scoring has finally started to heat up a bit in this Celtics vs Bucks series, and most of the heavy lifting is being done in the second half of games. Over the past two matchups, these teams have averaged 122.5 second-half points, which absolutely crushes this prop line.

The last time Boston was in Milwaukee, they had a 43-point fourth quarter to steal Game 4. So, they should have the confidence to find the bottom of the net once again in Fiserv Forum.

Look for the second-half scoring to continue.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 6 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+264) at BetMGM Sportsbook

  • Bucks Cover -1.5 Spread
  • OVER 211 Total Points

WAGER: 1 Unit

Celtics vs Bucks Game 6 SGP

Bucks in six! The spread is close enough where you essentially just pick who is going to win, since it’s very unlikely the final score comes down to a single point. So, with the Bucks defending their home court well this season, we expect the crowd to show up and energize the team enough to close out the series here.

However, the points will come in the second half and we could see both teams exchanging buckets in the fourth quarter, making for an exciting finish.


PREVIOUSLY: Celtics vs Bucks Game 5 Prediction

A fourth-quarter collapse by the Milwaukee Bucks helped the Boston Celtics tie this series back up at two games apiece. The win gave Boston home-court advantage in this Eastern Conference series, as they head back home for Game 5.

Once again, points were tough to come by for the majority of Game 4, but a massive fourth quarter by the Celtics gave them the win. Will this momentum travel with them back to Boston?

Let’s take a closer look at the Celtics vs Bucks Game 5 matchup in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, giving our predictions and best bets.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 5 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook (unless noted) and current as of Tuesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Bucks (+190), Celtics (-230)
  • Spread: Bucks +5.5 (-110), Celtics -5.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 214.5 (-110), Under 214.5 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Celtics 110, Bucks 104.5

Celtics vs Bucks Game 5 Prediction

In Game 4, the Bucks once again held a nice lead going into the final quarter. However, after getting outscored 43-28 in the final period, they lost by eight points at home. The 43-point quarter was also a rare scoring outburst in this series, which has kept the scores low.

The series heads back to Boston for Game 5, where the Celtics’ defense has been phenomenal this season. However, as shown in Game 1, the Bucks are more than capable of winning on the road.

While the Bucks have a much better record straight up at home, many may be surprised to know Milwaukee is 26-19 against the spread (ATS) in road games this season, while they are a lowly 17-29 on their home floor.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 5 Score Pick

Celtics 108, Bucks 105

The Bucks have been in control the past two games, but they suffered from late-game collapses. I expect them to keep things close in this game once again. However, they may not have a strong enough secondary scorer to help close out the game, giving the Celtics another close win.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 5 Best Bets

Bucks Cover +1.5 1Q Spread (-115)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The Bucks and Celtics have now played each other eight times this season. In those eight games, the first quarter spread of Bucks +1.5 would have a record of 6-2. This makes sense, as Milwaukee has been great in the first quarter all season long.

The Bucks have the largest first quarter margin in the NBA, at +2.8 points. The Celtics, meanwhile, have a first quarter margin of +2.2 points.

Look for the Bucks to get out to another early-game lead, but struggle to hang onto that lead as the game progresses, making this our NBA bet of the day.

Celtics: Under 110.5 Points (-115)

WAGER: 1 Unit

The defense has been on full display in this series, and it’s expected to tighten up even more with the game being back in Boston. Only once has a team in this series finished with more than 110.5 points, and the Celtics needed 43 fourth-quarter points to get there, which isn’t likely to happen again.

Boston averages 110.4 points per game at home this season, and they’re not going to out-perform their season average in Game 5.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 5 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+280) at BetMGM Sportsbook

  • Bucks Cover +5.5 Spread
  • Both Teams OVER 104.5 Points

WAGER: 1 Unit

Celtics vs Bucks Game 5 SGP

While the Bucks are likely to come up short once again, we are picking them to cover the spread on the road, as they have done so well this season. We are also picking the totals for both teams to remain relatively low, with the average team points per game this series of the winner only being 107.25.


PREVIOUSLY: Celtics vs Bucks Game 4 Prediction

After two blowouts to begin the series, Game 3 between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks came down to the final seconds. In the end, Al Horford was slightly too late with his game-tying tip-in, resulting in the Bucks taking a 2-1 series lead.

With Game 4 on Monday also taking place in Milwaukee, the Bucks have to feel good about the way things currently stand. For the Celtics, this is nearly a must-win game.

Let’s take a closer look at the Celtics vs Bucks Game 4 matchup in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, giving our predictions and best bets.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 4 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook (unless noted) and current as of Sunday, May 8, at 12 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Celtics (-105), Bucks (-115)
  • Spread: Celtics +1 (-110), Bucks -1 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 212 (-110), Under 212 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Bucks 106.5, Celtics 105.5

Celtics vs Bucks Game 4 Prediction

As we predicted last time, Game 3 was a more competitive game where the Bucks emerged victorious. While the final seconds will be talked about most, we shouldn’t forget that the Bucks had a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

This shows that the game was trending toward a blowout, like the previous two games. The Bucks having a large lead also allowed Giannis Antetokounmpo to rest, which allowed him to play with more energy late in the game. This ended up being key to the Bucks’ victory.

On the other side, Jayson Tatum shooting 4-of-19 was a key factor in Boston losing.

In Game 4, Tatum should shoot better, though that may not matter. The Celtics’ defense may be strong, but they don’t have an answer for Antetokounmpo, who scored 42 in the win. If he needed to, he could have played over 40 minutes in Game 3 and dropped 50 points, and that effort may be needed in Game 4.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 4 Score Pick

Bucks 109, Celtics 102

This should be another competitive game, and I do believe it will be more competitive throughout. While shots should start to fall at a slightly higher rate, we could see more mistakes from both teams, including fouls and turnovers.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 4 Best Bets

1st Quarter Betting: Bucks (+100)

WAGER: 1 Unit

Make sure to look at the first quarter betting odds prior to placing your bet. Currently, the prop “first quarter betting” has better odds for their Bucks than their first quarter spread or first quarter moneyline, even though it’s all the same bet.

The Bucks have the largest first quarter margin in the NBA, at +2.7 points. This rises to +4.0 on their home floor. The Celtics, meanwhile, have a first quarter margin of +2.3 points.

Milwaukee led by three points at the end of the first quarter in Game 3. They led by the same amount in Game 1, but their were trailing in Game 2. Look for the energy from their home crowd get them out to an early lead and make this your NBA bet of the day.

Winning Margin: Celtics or Bucks by 1-5 Points (+190)

WAGER: 1 Unit

Again, I believe this to be the most competitive game from start to finish we have seen in this series thus far. This prop gives us the ability to bet that exactly.

If either team wins by five or fewer points, we cash.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 4 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+450) at BetMGM Sportsbook

  • Bucks Cover -1.5 Spread
  • Both Teams OVER 104.5 Points

WAGER: 1 Unit

Celtics vs Bucks Game 4 SGP

The spread is close enough where you may as well take it over the moneyline. Games aren’t decided by a single point very often, so we will pick the Bucks to successfully defend their home court.

Because we are predicting a close game, we could see a free throw battle at the end, which would help to increase the point total for us.


PREVIOUSLY: Celtics vs Bucks Game 3 Prediction

The pressure was on the Boston Celtics to defend their home floor against the Milwaukee Bucks last time out. They succeeded, so we have an even series, with the venue switching to Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee for Game 3.

Both games thus far have been lopsided, so it will be interesting to see if the game is a bit more competitive now that the Bucks are the home team.

Let’s take a closer look at the Celtics vs Bucks Game 3 matchup in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, giving our predictions and best bets.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 3 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook (unless noted) and current as of Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Celtics (+105), Bucks (-125)
  • Spread: Celtics +2 (-110), Bucks -2 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 213 (-110), Under 213 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Bucks 107.5, Celtics 105.5

Celtics vs Bucks Game 3 Prediction

So far, the games in this series have been low-scoring and lopsided. Across four matchups during the regular season, the games were decided by an average of 8.25 points while having an average combined point total of 233.25 points, which is quite a bit different from what we have seen so far.

While I don’t believe the point total will skyrocket to what we saw in the regular season, it makes sense for more points to go on the board in Game 3. The Celtics’ defense may be a bit weaker away from home.

The Bucks have been much better at home versus on the road this season, and I expect that to stay true in this series. While this game will likely be more competitive that the first two games, I expect the Bucks to take care of business.

Bucks vs Celtics Score Pick

Bucks 113, Celtics 109

We cannot expect the Celtics to go 20-of-43 from three-point range again as they did in Game 2. They did this while Milwaukee shot a putrid 16.7% from long range. Expect both numbers to come closer to the mean, which will lead to the Bucks taking Game 3.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 3 Best Bets

Celtics Cover +1.5 Third Quarter Spread (-145)

WAGER: 1 Unit

This bet finally didn’t hit in Game 2, but that won’t scare us off for Game 3. The Celtics have been terrific after the break this year, whereas the Bucks have struggled.

Boston has the best third-quarter margin in the NBA at +2.8 points, while Milwaukee is -1.1. Look for the Celtics to continue their elite play after halftime and make this your NBA bet of the day.

Celtics OVER 105.5 Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

Regardless of if the Celtics win or lose Game 3, we should expect to see more points scored in this game. The Bucks’ three-point defense has been suspect for a few years, and that proved to be the case last game once again.

The Bucks allow 110.3 points per game when they are at home, and the Celtics average 112.7 points on the road. The Celtics have scored over 105.5 points in five of their six games against the Bucks this season, and the pattern should continue in Game 3.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 3 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+525) at BetMGM Sportsbook

  • Bucks Cover -2.5 Spread
  • Both Teams OVER 105.5 Points

WAGER: 1 Unit

Celtics vs Bucks Game 3 SGP

While the Celtics shouldn’t be as effective shooting the ball from long range, they should be able to put up points, as discussed above. As for the Bucks, they are better on their home floor, and Boston’s defense isn’t as good on the road. Look for more points to be scored, with the Bucks taking the series lead.


PREVIOUSLY: Celtics vs Bucks Game 2 Prediction

The Milwaukee Bucks completed an easy Game 1 victory on the road against the Boston Celtics to take over home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference series. That win nearly makes this a must-win game for Boston, since it will be essentially impossible to crawl out of an 0-2 hole while also needing to win three games on the road.

Milwaukee’s win also makes it three in a row against Boston. So, with only a day of rest, will the Celtics be able to complete the quick turnaround to tie the series back up?

Let’s take a closer look at the Celtics vs Bucks Game 2 matchup.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 2 Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook (unless noted) and current as of Monday, May 2, at 12 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Bucks (+160), Celtics (-190)
  • Spread: Bucks +4 (-110), Celtics -4 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 215 (-110), Under 215 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Celtics 109.5, Bucks 105.5

Celtics vs Bucks Game 2 Prediction

No Khris Middleton, no problem for the Bucks, who continue to pick up wins without him. Game 1 was mostly a two-man attack for Milwaukee, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday combining for 49 of the Bucks’ 101 points. However, good defense and some shooting off of the bench also made the difference.

Losing the turnover battle by five, combined with poor shooting, was what killed the Celtics. Jaylen Brown had 12 points and seven turnovers, while Jayson Tatum could only score 21. As we discussed prior to the last game, Tatum will need a big performance for the Celtics to win, but defending Antetokounmpo takes away so much energy.

The Celtics were a bit flat after a long stretch between games, so I expect a bit more energy from the opening tip from Boston’s side. Overall, their defense was good last game. They just need to score more, and it needs to be more than just Tatum. I expect the Celtics to respond.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 2 Score Pick

Celtics 112, Bucks 107

Look for the shots to fall at a higher rate in Game 2. If the Celtics shoot themselves in the foot less, they should be in control of this game, tying the series before the venue switch.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 2 Best Bets

Celtics: Cover -1.5 Third Quarter Spread (+110)

WAGER: 2 Units

The Celtics were dismantled in Game 1. However, they still managed to win the third quarter, as they have done all season long.

After halftime, Boston has been great. They have the best third-quarter margin in the NBA at +2.9 points, while Milwaukee is -1.2. The Celtics average 29.3 third-quarter points this season, which is the second-best in the NBA. The Bucks average 28.7 points.

OVER 215 Total Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

All the trends pointed to last game hitting the Over, but it didn’t happen. As we discussed above, careless basketball by Boston put an end to that dream early. However, because of a low point total in Game 1, we see the point total for Game 2 reduced by 2.5 points. This gives us a great opportunity to bet the Over once again.

The totals have hit the Over in eight of the last 10 times these two teams played each other. We have also seen the total hit the Over in 12 of the Celtics’ last 19 games overall.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 2 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+320) at BetMGM

  • Celtics Moneyline
  • Bucks: OVER 105.5 Points
  • Celtics: OVER 107.5 Points

WAGER: 1 Unit

Celtics vs Bucks Game 2 SGP

We are taking a similar approach to Game 1, but playing it more conservative. We believe the Celtics will tie the series up, and we believe more points will be scored.

Even with these specific team totals that we’re betting, the overall game total could still go Under, making this a less risky parlay.


PREVIOUSLY: Celtics vs Bucks Game 1 Prediction

After taking care of business in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics will face off in the second round, with the winner headed to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The regular-season series was split 2-2, with the home team winning every game. However, with Giannis Antetokounmpo inactive for one of Boston’s wins, is the home-court advantage enough to get the Celtics an early-series lead?

Let’s take a closer look at this Bucks vs Celtics Game 1 matchup.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 1 Odds

All NBA postseason odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Saturday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Bucks (+160), Celtics (-190)
  • Spread: Bucks +4.5 (-110), Celtics -4.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 217.5 (-110), Over 217.5 (-110)
  • Implied Score: Celtics 111, Bucks 106.5

Celtics vs Bucks Game 1 Prediction

This is a tough game to project, since the Celtics were clearly playing great basketball when we last saw them. However, their last game against the Nets was on April 25th, which is plenty of time to lose your rhythm.

The Bucks have won one game since then, and have looked good, but the loss of Khris Middleton, one of their best shooters and perimeter defenders, could expose them in this series if they’re not careful.

The Bucks’ role players must continue to pick up the slack and hit outside shots in order to help space the floor for Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 1 Score Pick

Celtics 116, Bucks 112

Unfortunately, for the Bucks, the Celtics have one of the best perimeter defenses in the NBA, holding opponents to 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc (No. 5 in the NBA). While the Bucks should score early, I believe Boston’s perimeter defense in the second half will be enough to get them the win.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 1 Best Bets

Celtics Cover -1.5 Third-Quarter Spread (-105)

WAGER: 2 Units

There’s a chance the Celtics come out a bit rusty, due to the extended time off. However, they should be back in it by the second quarter, if that happens.

After halftime, Boston has been fantastic all year long. In fact, the Celtics have the best third-quarter margin in the NBA at +2.9 points. Milwaukee’s third-quarter margin is -1.1.

The Celtics averaged 29.3 third-quarter points this season, which ranked second in the NBA. The Bucks averaged 28.8 points.

I’m taking the Celtics to be up by at least two points when the third-quarter buzzer sounds in our NBA bet of the day.

OVER 217.5 Total Points (-110)

WAGER: 1 Unit

To me, this game feels like the Bucks could get out to an early lead, which will lead to the game being sort of a track meet. The betting trends are also on our side in this case.

The totals have hit the Over in eight of the last nine games between these two teams, and in 12 of the Celtics’ last 18 games overall. Totals have also gone Over in each of Boston’s three games this season where they have had four or more days of rest.

Celtics vs Bucks Game 1 Parlay

Best Same-Game Parlay (+350) at BetMGM Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

  • Bucks Team Points: Over 108.5
  • Celtics Team Points: Over 114.5

We are just banking on the Over hitting for this game, with both teams putting up points. As we said above, the betting trends are on our side.

Across four games between these two teams this season, the Bucks averaged 115 points and the Celtics averaged 118.25.


Celtics vs Bucks Series Prediction

After an exciting first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, we cut the field in half. Things are getting interesting in the Eastern Conference, after the Brooklyn Nets were swept.

In the second round, we have a matchup between the reigning champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the favorite out of the East, the Boston Celtics.

After splitting the regular season series, this is looking like one of the most exciting matchups of the second round. Will the Celtics’ home-court advantage be the deciding factor?

Let’s take a closer look at the Bucks vs Celtics second-round series in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, giving our predictions and best bets.

Celtics vs Bucks Odds

All NBA gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Saturday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m. EST.

  • Series Winner: Bucks (+170), Celtics (-200)

Celtics vs Bucks Series Pick

Injuries have headlined the NBA Playoffs, unfortunately, and this series didn’t escape them. It has already been announced that the Bucks will have to play without Khris Middleton for this series, after he suffered a sprained MCL in the first round.

For the Bucks, not only does this take one of their best shooters off of the floor, but he is also one of their best perimeter defenders. What he brings to Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo cannot simply cover up. Instead, that is only something the role players on the team can do.

For the Celtics, they have been the best team in the NBA during the second half of this season, and they carried that momentum into the playoffs. They swept the Nets, showcasing how great their defense truly is. However, the Nets don’t have Giannis, and stopping him is a very different task.

Jayson Tatum will be worked on the defensive end of the floor. The question is whether or not he will have the energy to continue being great on offense. If not, can the other Celtics step up?

Celtics vs Bucks Series Score Pick

Bucks in 7 Games

Only one of Boston’s two wins against Milwaukee this season came when Giannis played, and it took 42 points from Tatum to do it. I don’t think he will be able to be as consistently good on offense this series as he was in the first round.

The Bucks are also better on defense than the Nets are. Will Boston be able to score enough points to win four games? It will be very close and will come down to which team is able to play their brand of basketball better.

In the end, I believe the Bucks will be able to steal one game on the road, which will be enough.

Celtics vs Bucks Best Bets

Bucks +1.5 Game Series Spread (-140) 

WAGER: 1 units

Losing Middleton isn’t something to dismiss, but we shouldn’t dismiss how poor Brooklyn’s defense is, either, and they were able to challenge Boston. This is going to be a close series no matter which way you slice it.

However, containing Giannis absolutely drains you, which will likely affect Boston’s offense. I also think Brook Lopez could show up and help Milwaukee steal a game.

Lopez should see some open shots on the perimeter. If he hits them, the spacing for the Bucks will be a lot to handle.

I will sprinkle a bit on the Bucks to win outright, but taking the +1.5 games is the wiser bet.

Author

Zach Brunner

Zach Brunner has worked in the fantasy sports and sports betting industries for almost a decade now. He is the owner of FlurrySports and has experience working with FantasyPros, Awesemo, BetWay and other sites. Living in Wisconsin, when Zach isn't drinking beer or shoveling snow, he loves all things Wisconsin sports and UFC.

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