Two of the top three teams in the East are in action on Friday in a game that could decide the makeup of the Conference Finals.
lost to Boston by double-digits when these two sides met at the Garden back in October,
but the odds have swung back in the Bucks’ favour with the two teams squaring off
from the Fiserv Forum this time around.
people dubbed the East as the weaker conference heading into the season with
Kawhi Leonard abandoning the Raptors for the Clippers. Things have been anything
but however, with only 3.5 games separating second from sixth heading into the
The list of
superlatives to describe this game are long, so let’s get straight into our
Friday Primetime Preview.
Successful NBA betting is all about knowing the trends, which surprisingly makes this game one of the easiest to tip.
The Bucks sit
atop the East at 36-6 sporting another growing four-game winning streak.
Milwaukee, like so many other teams in the East, has been almost untouchable at
home losing only two of their 21 games so far whilst also leading the league in
Boston comes into this game looking much worse for wear at 27-11. The Celtics have been ravaged by injuries of late and were knocked out of second-place on Thursday thanks to a 13-point loss to the Pistons.
last year, Celtics coach Brad Stevens is having a tough time adjusting his
lineups. Boston went without Jayson Tatum yesterday against the Pistons,
leaving Stevens to field a starting five of Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Daniel
Theis, Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker.
that lineup doesn’t seem so bad, but it doesn’t come close to matching up with
Boston has also struggled to spread the ball around in the fourth quarter, forcing guys like Smart and Tatum to jack up 50/50 shots from the perimeter with no space available around the rim.
news for the Celtics is the Bucks lead the league in points scored during the
fourth quarter this year, so it suddenly becomes very difficult to back any
kind of a Boston upset.
Celtics have also played to a less than convincing 3-3 record this year on no rest.
The Bucks, on the other hand, are 12-9 against the spread at home, so take
Milwaukee to win big.
Tip: Back the Bucks to Cover the Line (-8.5 Points) @ $1.83
secret that the Celtics have been a much better side at home than they have
been on the road.
won only 11 of their 19 games so far, averaging the 12th fewest
points in the league in the process.
in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the Celtics have been the
best betting play on the Under away from home. The Total has gone Under in 12
of Boston’s 19 games, as well as four of their six playing on no rest.
Tip: Celtics Under the Points Total
has been more dominant in the East than Giannis Antetokounmpo, but that isn’t
to say he’ll have everything his own way against the Celtics on Friday.
the reigning MVP to just 22 points back in October on eight-for-13 shooting.
The Greek Freak has typically struggled throughout his career against the
Celtics averaging only 19.7 points, while Boston has also been a quietly good
team defensively on the road allowing the second-fewest points against.
Tip: Giannis Antetokounmpo Under the Points Total
rest of his team, Kemba Walker has played exceptionally well in the second game
of a back-to-back averaging 27.2 points this season.
enjoyed a big night against the Bucks back in October, nailing four three’s to
go along with a handy 32-points.
have been an elite defensive team this year, but they have been susceptible to
the three-point shot at times. Milwaukee has allowed opponents to shoot over
35% from downtown this year, so don’t be surprised if Walker puts up some numbers
Tip: Kemba Walker Over the Points Total