Contenders from the Eastern Conference clash in a highly awaited matchup on Friday, when the Boston Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 6:30 p.m. ET in the NBA bubble at Orlando.
The Celtics are one of the most well-balanced teams in the East and on Friday they hope to have Kemba Walker (knee) in some capacity. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished third in the NBA in both scoring (29.6 ppg) and rebounding (13.7 ppg), guided the Bucks, who went into the closure of 6.5 games in the Eastern Conference standings.
William Hill ranks Milwaukee as a favorite with 4.5 points, down half a point from the opening line Bucks vs. Celtics. The estimated over-under for total points is 220. Until locking the picks in any Celtics vs Bucks, be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine’s established computer model.
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Why the Celtics Can Cover
Boston is a top five team in quality, both offensive and defensive. The success of Jayson Tatum as a breakout star has been crucial to its growth, with the talented forward making a real leap as an effective, successful scorer.
The Celtics are also loaded with other stars, especially in the form of Walker and Jaylen Brown, and few teams can match their firepower on the perimeter. Furthermore, Boston cares about the ball, committing error on just 13.4 percent of possessions. The Celtics will need to optimize possessions against a highly efficient Bucks defense, and the off-dribble shooting capability of the team against the length and rim security of Milwaukee may be critical.
Why the Bucks Can Cover
The Bucks are a strong two-way team, with the finest basketball defense and a top-five offense overall. While scheme and balance are a part of the formula, Milwaukee relies heavily on the presence of Antetokounmpo, the MVP front runner.
The 25-year-old averages 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game, and Antetokounmpo is also a leading contender for the NBA’s Year’s Defensive Player award. Milwaukee may be able to limit his minutes in the seeding games, at least to some degree, but Antetokounmpo is a one-man wrecking crew that poses obstacles for every competitor, particularly Boston.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: Over 27.5 (-110), Under 27.5 (-110)
- Khris Middleton: Over 20.5 (+110), Under 20.5 (-134)
- Jayson Tatum: Over 22.5 (-110), Under 22.5 (-110)
- Jaylen Brown: Over 18.5 (+100), Under 18.5 (-121)
- Gordon Hayward: Over 15.5 (-110), Under 15.5 (-110)
- Celtics: Over 107.5 (-110), Under 107.5 (-117)
- Bucks: Over 111.5 (-115), Under 111.5 (-113)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: -139
- Jayson Tatum: +250
- Khris Middleton: +650
- Jaylen Brown: +1000
- Gordon Hayward: +2500