Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game on TNT. Two Eastern Conference powerhouses go at it tonight at Fiserv Forum as the Bucks host the Celtics in what will be the 3rd and final meeting of the regular season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
It was a relatively easy game last night for the Buck as they took down the Indiana Pacers 149-136 on the road. Absolutely no defense was played by either side, the Bucks shot the ball at over 62% from the field and grabbed 23 more rebounds than their opponent. Jrue Holiday shined with 51 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 38 on an efficient 14-for-18 from the field.
Playing the Celtics on a 2nd night of a back-to-back isn’t ideal, but Milwaukee has a dominant 9-2 SU record in games played with no rest this season. The home team also won both meetings between the two teams this season, however the Bucks haven’t covered the spread in the last 8 vs Boston in their own arena.
The Celtics will have an extra day of rest here, and they definitely needed that after a disappointing 130-111 road loss in Washington. The Cs were 11.5 point favorites in that game, but got outplayed in almost every single aspect of the game despite having basically their entire rotation available.
Bouncing back against the Bucks will be difficult, but actually the Celtics are an encouraging 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs Milwaukee, plus they’ve beaten them 4 times in the last 6 head-to-head. There are a few injury concerns though for head coach Joe Mazzulla as Robert Williams, Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard are all questionable due to various knocks. With 3 games splitting the two teams atop of the East, tonight’s game is the last opportunity for Boston to try and catch the Bucks.
I still favor Milwaukee here, despite the Celtics having more rest. I just cannot trust Boston after watching them lose to a mediocre Washington side the other night. Milwaukee has Holiday on fire right now and Giannis is always fired up for games like this. Back the home team.
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If we are to judge tonight’s game with the 2 meetings from earlier this season, then we can expect a really fast game with a lot of points. But, I have a feeling this one will be different. This late in the season teams are already preparing for the playoffs and I’m sure both sides will want to put their defensive schematics to the test and what better game to do it than against a team they will potentially meet down the line in the Eastern Conference?
The under has been a popular bet in Bucks games vs Atlantic Division teams with 12 of the last 17 cashing. Milwaukee is also 5-1 on the under in their last 6 games played on a Thursday, which also adds to our confidence level as we back the under here. The two teams are averaging 218.4 points per game in the last 10 meetings, I think tonight’s game finishes in the high 220s, so let’s go with the under.